LOS ANGELES -- Kia Motors America, one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales each of the last three years, has promoted three of its top U.S. officers to executive vice president positions.
U.S. sales boss Tom Loveless, marketing and communications chief Michael Sprague and John Yoon, vice president of human resources, were all promoted as the executive vice president of their departments at Kia.
The duties of the three executives remain essentially unchanged, but the promotions come as the brand's U.S. sales continue to surge.
Kia, along with its South Korean affiliate Hyundai, and Subaru are the only brands that have improved U.S. sales each of the last three years. Kia sold 485,492 vehicles in the U.S. market in 2011. It sold 237,381 vehicles in the United States through May, up 19 percent from the same period last year. The overall market was up 13 percent.
"Kia Motors has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past several years, with Tom, Michael and John each playing important roles in the brand's success and momentum," Byung Mo Ahn, CEO of Kia Motors America, said in the statement.
"One of our company's core values is people, and we are dedicated to recognizing and rewarding outstanding performance and providing team members with opportunities to grow."