Hyundai Motor global COO Jose Munoz has been given a range of additional duties, including oversight of product and sales management in Europe and other regions.
Munoz will retain his role as CEO of Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America responsible for operations strategies, growth and performance in North, Central and South America. In addition to Europe, he will add oversight of Africa, India and the Middle East, the automaker said Monday.
He will also oversee Hyundai's global talent recruitment and retention in its new technology-based businesses, and will work more closely with Hyundai's venture capital firm in Silicon Valley to identify tech-focused talent in design and programming.
Munoz, 56, who joined Hyundai in 2019 from Nissan, additionally will join the company's board of management, pending the approval of Hyundai's general shareholder meeting in March 2023.
Munoz, is a native of Spain, and earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has also completed executive management programs from Cranfield School of Management in the UK and INSEAD Business School in France. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
In a 15-year career at Nissan, he rose to become chief performance officer and head of Nissan North America and Nissan China. Prior to that, he held management positions at Toyota Motor Europe.
"Jose is a definitely proven leader and we expect his expanded role will greatly enhance our global operational excellence," Hyundai Motor Co. CEO Jaehoon Chang said in a statement.
Hyundai Motor, with its Hyundai and Kia brands, has seen its market share increase in Europe in recent years, especially as electric cars become more popular. Hyundai and Kia were No. 1 and No. 2 in terms of share gainers among members of ACEA, the European automakers' association, in 2021.