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Hyundai Motor America chief executive Dave Zuchowski exits

Dave ZuchowskiHyundai Motor America announced the appointment of W. Gerald Flannery as interim president and CEO.

Mr. Flannery, who has been with Hyundai since 1987 and is responsible for all legal matters in the U.S., will retain his duties as Chief Legal and Safety Officer. He is widely recognized as an authority on automotive product liability, regulatory and safety matters.

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Recently, he created Hyundai’s first safety office in North America.

Previously, Mr. Flannery was a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at Ford Motor Co.

He succeeds Dave Zuchowski who will be leaving the company.

Mr. Zuchowski, a 36-year veteran of the automotive industry, joined Hyundai Motor America in February 2007, as vice president of sales and was promoted to executive vice president, national sales in 2010.

He was promoted to his current role as president and chief executive officer in January 2014.

Mr. Zuchowski joined Hyundai from Mazda North America where he served as vice president of sales and field operations. He began his career in 1980 at Ford Motor Company.

He has spent 23 years in various executive-level positions including regional manager, product marketing manager, national merchandising manager and field operations manager for the Ford and Lincoln Mercury divisions.

Mr. Zuchowski earned his Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.


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