Kia Georgia announces new CEO; Shin retires

Published 4:16 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021

WEST POINT – Kia Georgia, Inc. announced the retirement of its president  and chief executive officer, Jangsoo [Jason] Shin, effective Dec. 31, 2021, according to a press release from KIA.

Shin has led the  Georgia facility since 2017, overseeing the inaugural launches of the brand’s Telluride and K5  models, as well as the latest generation of its first model, the Sorento.

Under his leadership, all  of the plant’s products have earned multiple industry awards including the coveted ‘North  American Utility Vehicle of the Year.’

“It has been the greatest of pleasures in my career to lead this outstanding and  talented Kia Georgia Team,” Shin said.

“I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and the Kia Georgia  success story.”

Kia Georgia noted that chief operating officer, Stuart Countess, has been named president  and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Countess joined the company in 2008, as  the senior manager of assembly and witnessed the operation’s development from ground breaking to a world class automotive manufacturing complex. He  held positions in  manufacturing and quality, as well as human resources and administration, serving as chief  administrative officer prior to his current position.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Kia Georgia’s world class team in my new capacity,”  Countess said. “Kia is looking to the future with great confidence in our contribution to the  automotive industry, and Kia Georgia intends to be an integral part of our North American  strategy.” 

Sean Yoon, President and CEO of Kia North America, congratulated Countess.

“Stuart’s assignment to the plant’s  top position further strengthens Kia’s U.S. manufacturing presence and demonstrates confidence  in the leadership of its facility in Georgia.”

Kia recently announced the addition of the Sportage to the Georgia plant, increasing its product mix to four models and maximizing production capacity.