UPDATED: 6/20/08 1:18 pm EDTGallup Inc. has tapped longtime automotive executive Len Hunt to expand its automotive consulting business.
Gallup, known for its media polling and consulting services, announced Friday, June 20, that Hunt has joined the company as a partner at its office in Irvine, Calif.
Hunt, 52, left as CEO of Kia Motors America in February after just two months in that job. He had joined Kia in October 2005 as COO. Before that, he was with Volkswagen of America Inc.
"I have always believed in building and being a part of great places in which people can exercise their natural talents," Hunt said in a prepared statement today.
"Gallup is an organization that has consistently demonstrated through their research that those companies who embrace this philosophy not only enjoy sustained growth, but see real profit increases and greater stock value."
At Gallup, Hunt will report to Kelly Aylward, regional managing partner in Irvine.
"Len brings considerable leadership, sales and marketing experience to the company," Aylward said in a statement.
Hunt led Audi of America Inc. from 1999 to 2004. He spent five years with Audi of Britain after 15 years with Jaguar.
PRESS RELEASE: Len Hunt Joins Gallup Consulting GroupNew Partner Aims to Add Greater Value to Consultancy in Automotive
IRVINE, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Gallup Consulting announced today that Len Hunt, a veteran auto industry executive who has worked with Jaguar, Audi, Volkswagen, and Kia has joined the company as a Partner. The position will be based in Irvine, Calif., and will report to Kelly Aylward, Regional Managing Partner. Hunt will be responsible for managing existing client relationships as well as developing new relationships in the automotive and non-automotive fields.
"We are pleased to welcome Len aboard," said Aylward. "Len brings considerable leadership, sales, and marketing experience to the company from the automotive industry. In addition, his knowledge of the practical application of our research-based consulting, assessment, and education services will be incredibly valuable as we continue to support the growth plans of our automotive industry clients. This move will strengthen Gallup's consultancy services position as a formidable player in the automotive sector."
"I have always believed in building and being a part of great places in which people can exercise their natural talents," said Hunt. "Gallup is an organization that has consistently demonstrated through their research that those companies who embrace this philosophy not only enjoy sustained growth, but see real profit increases and greater stock value."
Gallup Consulting provides services and solutions for automotive manufacturers, dealer groups, and individual dealerships to optimize their customer and employee engagement metrics. Gallup specializes in measuring and managing the emotional connections between automotive companies and their customers and employees. Gallup also provides education and training for all areas of the dealership, from management and sales training to financial services and fixed operations. In addition to automotive, Gallup provides consulting to companies in retail, hospitality, financial services, healthcare, high-tech, and sales organizations.