- Yaser Shabsogh joined Kia in 2007 when UK sales totalled 29,372 and leaves just as the brand has set a new sales record of 78,536 in 2015.
- He originally occupied the role of sales director but was given the wider role of commercial director in January 2013.
- He is taking up the position of managing director of Almajdouie Hyundai, the distributor in eastern Saudi Arabia based in Damamm
YASER Shabsogh, Kia’s current commercial director, has been appointed managing director of Almajdouie Hyundai in Damamm, the capital of Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
Yaser takes up his new role in the Middle East from February. Meanwhile, the commercial director role at Kia will be filled by Simon Hetherington, currently Kia’s business development director.
Paul Philpott, president and ceo of Kia said: “Of course we are very sad to say goodbye to Yaser, but we understand his desire to take up a new challenge and given that he was born in Riyadh we also recognise that he has strong family ties to the Middle East.
“Ever since he joined us from Ford he has brought energy, commitment and good humour to our sales and commercial operations and I wish him only success in the future,” he added.
Hetherington first joined Kia as marketing director in 2007 before becoming business development director in 2011, tasked with growing the Kia network.
Both Hetherington and Philpott will undertake a review of Kia operations form 01 February 2016.