Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia announces executive changes

Published 7:01 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WEST POINT – KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) announced in a press release on Wednesday a number of executive changes, effective immediately.

Stuart Countess has been named the senior vice president and chief operations officer, overseeing production operations of the facility. 

Countess was hired as the senior manager/HOD of assembly for KMMG in 2007, and he subsequently served as director and vice president of quality before assuming the chief administrative officer role in 2016.  He previously held various management positions with Mercedes Benz U.S. International before moving to KMMG.

Chris Miller has been named the vice president and chief administrative officer, replacing Countess. 

Miller was hired as the manager of the KMMG production control department in 2008, and has served as the director of production and director of production support from 2012. Miller managed aftermarket service parts operations at Mitsubishi and Mercedes Benz U.S. International prior to KMMG.

“The changes announced [Wednesday] reflect KMMG’s efforts in the localization of its management team as we prepare for our next 10 years of operation,” KMMG President and CEO, Jangsoo (Jason) Shin said in the press release.