RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (April 15, 2009) — Jong Ho Kim has been named CEO and president of Seoul, South Korea-based Kumho Tire Co. Inc.
After joining Kumho Tire Co. in 1976, Mr. Kim has held a number of sales and marketing positions with the company. Those include a nine-year stint in the U.S. as a general manager, managing director and as vice president of sales for Rancho Cucamonga-based Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. before his promotion to executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kumho Tire Co. Inc.
Although Mr. Kim has served the Kumho Asiana Group as the president and CEO of Group Companies outside of the tire industry for the past four years, Kumho said he “brings a wealth of knowledge and tire industry experience to his new position,” adding that Mr. Kim “has kept a watchful eye on the progress of Kumho Tire and the tire industry as a whole.”
“Although we face significant challenges as an industry,” Mr. Kim said in a prepared statement, “I am pleased to return to the tire business and guide our company to the next level.”