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Hyundai Motor America's John Krafcik to Receive 2013 Automotive Executive of the Year Award


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John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America


Detroit May 21, 2013; The prestigious 2013 Automotive Executive of the Year Award will be presented to John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. Kracik will receive the award surrounded by more than 200 automotive executives, suppliers, and Hyundai guests and enthusiasts at an invitation-only luncheon held at the Detroit Athletic Club on Friday, June 21, 2013.

“With his superb team, John Krafcik has literally reshaped the way Hyundai approaches the market with consumer focus, compelling design, and enduring value,” notes Robert Djurovic, executive director of the Automotive Executive of the Year Award program, and director of automotive services North America, DNV. “It's no surprise that accolades for Hyundai products just keep coming.”.

Krafcik admits that last year was a challenging one for Hyundai. "The level of competitive product activity has never been higher, the sales environment never tougher, and the competitive marketing activity never more creative," he notes. "So while we have improved our sale and satisfaction levels, our mission is still clearly a work-in-progress. It is this work, still undone, that keeps all of us at Hyundai continuing to move forward."

Hyundai approaches the market with consumer focus, compelling design, and enduring value," notes Robert Djurovic, executive director of the Automotive Executive of the Year Award program, and director of automotive services North America, DNV. "It's no surprise that accolades for Hyundai products just keep coming."

"I accept the honor with the understanding that I am representing the hard work, dedication, and achievements of all the men and women who work at Hyundai around the world, including our R&D facilities in Michigan and California, our U.S. manufacturing plants,

Robert Djurovic - AEOY Executive Director Since 1964, the Automotive Executive of the Year Award - the longest-standing and most historically relevant award in the industry — has recognized excellence in industry leadership. Past recipients include Alan Mulally, James O’Sullivan, Jim Press, Marco Mattiacci, Bill Ford, Jr., Dieter Zetsche, Henry Ford II, Rick Wagoner, Bob Lutz, Carlos Ghosn, and Lee Iacocca, among others.