General Motors Korea has announced that it has appointed Kaher Kazem as CEO effective August 31st, 2017.
Kazem will replace James Kim, who will transition out of his role by the end of the month.
Stefan Jacoby, president of GM Overseas Business, said (translated from Korean), “I am pleased that Mr. Kazem is in charge of GM Korea, the core business of GM.” Mr. Kagem is an automotive specialist who has a wealth of experience in production and business operations. And has demonstrated leadership in several important markets. We believe that the experience of Kagem and his international perspective will lead Korea GM to enhance sustainability and future competitiveness.”
General Motors markets its Chevrolet and Cadillac brands in the country.
“I am very excited to lead Korea GM,” said Mr. Kazem. “We will focus on securing the sustainability of the business by improving the profitability of the company together with the inside and outside parties as the head of the company. Based on the acquired Chevrolet brand, we will keep our customers first and continue to grow. ”
An Australia-educated electrical engineer who also holds an MBA, Kazem joined GM Australia as a senior engineer in 1995 and has held several key positions in GM Holden production. In 2009, he served as vice president of production and quality in GM Thailand and ASEAN. In 2012, he was appointed President of GM Uzbekistan. He joined GM India in 2015 and served as Chief Operating Officer (COO), before being appointed President in 2016. Shortly after, GM announced plans to withdraw its Chevrolet brand from the Indian market, while maintaining a manufacturing presence in the country.