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Whitehorn to step down as Hyundai UK chief

Whitehorn to step down as Hyundai UK chief

Tony Whitehorn is to stand down from his role as president and chief executive of Hyundai Motor UK at the end of 2018 after 13 years with the company.

However, he will continue working for the business as executive advisor for the first part of 2019 to assist with the transition to the new management. A new managing director will be appointed, but has yet to be announced.

Mr Whitehorn joined Hyundai Motor UK as managing director in 2005. In 2011, he became the first non-Korean in the history of Hyundai Motor Europe to be promoted as president and CEO. In that time, he oversaw the company’s rapid expansion in the UK as it went from selling roughly 28,000 units a year in 2008 to 56,000 in 2009 following the success of the government’s then Scrappage Scheme. The business then continued on an upward trajectory achieving UK sales of more than 93,000 units last year.