Hyundai’s vice chairman of R&D Lee Hyun-soon resigned

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2011

Hyundai Motor Co. spokesman Frank Ahrens said that on March 15, 2011, the company’s vice chairman of R&D, Lee Hyun-soon resigned for personal reasons. The 57-year-old Yang Woong-chul, who is the current president of the Hyundai Motor Research and Development Center in Namyang, South Korea, will assume the 60-year-old Lee’s duties.

Yang, who has been with Hyundai since 2004, will keep his current title and there will be no new vice chairman. Lee had developed Hyundai’s first in-house engine.

In 1991, Lee led the development of Hyundai's Alpha engine, the carmaker's first proprietary internal combustion engine after years of sourcing power plants from Mitsubishi. He also guided Hyundai through a growth period, in which the Hyundai-Kia group became one of the world's largest automakers.

Under Lee’s guidance, Hyundai dealt with quality issues only to become a leader in global quality surveys in recent years. Lee, who is a cult hero among engineering students in Korea, led Hyundai toward advanced drivetrains like fuel-injected engines and hybrid systems.

In 1996, Lee oversaw construction of the Namyang tech center, filling in a swampy wasteland to create an R&D unit that oversees 10,000 engineers worldwide. Lee, who joined Hyundai in 1984 and became vice chairman in 2009, began his career at the General Motors Research Institute.

Topics: hyundai

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

New and improved 2018 Subaru Legacy comes packed with a number of upgraded features from the get go - from the exterior to the interior. And the company has finally...
by - June 23, 2017
In an interview involving Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali and Automotive News, the topic about the Urus was thoroughly discussed. This super SUV is scheduled to make its debut later this...
by - June 23, 2017
Porsche definitely adores variety. You’ll see what we mean if you browse through the official company's website that shows a plethora of various 911 models. And now, the German marque...
by - June 23, 2017
2018 Ford Expedition is on its way to the market, and will be arriving at dealerships this fall. The all-new SUV will come with a new design, new EcoBoost engine,...
by - June 23, 2017
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that made its debut not so long ago at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles has already been sold out according to...
by - June 23, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries