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New Roles For Shabsogh And Hetherington


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LONDON – Feb 1, 2013: Aimed at continuing Kia’s remarkable growth record in the UK new car market, President and CEO Paul Philpott has announced a restructure of the UK company’s senior management team.

Yaser Shabsogh, currently Sales Director, becomes Commercial Director with immediate effect and will be responsible for the quantitative growth of the company. Simon Hetherington, currently Dealer Development Director becomes Business Development Director responsible for qualitative growth.

Philpott commented: “Following Michael Cole’s move to Kia Motors Europe it was clear to me that we had an opportunity to change the structure of the organisation to best support our ambitions for the future. These two roles will report directly to me and will permit a stronger focus on our dedication to increasing the Kia brand’s strength in the UK.

“Over the coming years we must seek to continue to grow our annual vehicle sales and parts turnover but also enhance the quality and planning of our business and its processes in many areas,” he added.

Hetherington, 40, and Shabsogh, 46, both joined Kia Motors (UK) Limited in 2007 – Hetherington from Toyota and Shabsogh from Ford.

Shabsogh’s new role will include responsibility for all Sales, Aftersales, Marketing, Fleet and Supply Chain activities. Hetherington’s responsibilities will encompass long-term strategy planning, business process improvement and network capacity and customer experience.

Stephen Kitson, Director of Corporate Communications, Gary Tomlinson, Head of Human Resources and Facilities and Simon Court, Head of Finance will report directly to Paul Philpott.