Gerald FlanneryUS – As interim president and CEO, W. Gerald Flannery will take over the responsibilities of Dave Zuchowski, who will be leaving the company. Hyundai Motor America said the appointment continued a reorganisation that began late this year.

Flannery joined Hyundai in 1987, having previously worked as senior attorney at Ford, and is currently responsible for its legal matters in the US. He has expertise in product liability plus regulatory and safety issues, and recently established the company’s first safety office in North America.

While retaining his duties as chief legal and safety officer, Flannery will add a new focus on enhancing the company’s brands, achieving growth through change and capitalising on customer satisfaction opportunities.

Hyundai is recruiting a permanent replacement for Zuchowski.