Kia Motors America Inc. has named Ian Beavis as its vice president of marketing. He also will supervise product planning and public relations.
The well-traveled Beavis had last been senior vice president of marketing for Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc., from November 2003 until he quit last fall.
His previous jobs include a term as CEO of agency Foote Cone & Belding's San Francisco and Seattle offices. He also held top agency and corporate jobs involving advertising for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., DaimlerChrysler and Ford Motor Co. For a time, Beavis also ran his own advertising and public-relations agency, called the Shop.
"I'm very pleased to be joining a company that has the vision, talent and resources to grow," Beavis, 52, said.
He will start the Kia job on Tuesday, May 17.
Beavis will step into the awkward position of replacing Wally Anderson, who has been sidelined with an illness since last spring. Anderson has been promised a job when he returns, but Kia officials acknowledge that they could not allow the position to remain vacant. There is no scheduled date for Anderson's return.
Kia sales rose 9.3 percent this year through April.