Former Hyundai R&D chief makes a comeback image

Kwon Moon-sik, which three months ago resigned from his position of R&D president because of “personal” reasons – although it was speculated he did it over the mounting quality problems – has been called back by the Korean automaker.

The surprise move is also doubled by the fact that another top executive departs the company for the usual “personal” reasons – with Oh Suk-geun, head of Hyundai’s design center leaving its position.

Group chairman is actually quite infamous among the industry executives for having an abrupt management style, replacing on a quick notice some of the managers and then reinstating them – in a way to keep them under pressure.

“Given his expertise, experience and leadership skills, we reinstated president Kwon to enhance quality and r&d capability from scratch,” Hyundai said in a statement.

After a slew of quality problems that saw last November that saw Kwon and two other R&D executives leave their positions to try and amend the company’s reputation, Hyundai is now gearing up to reveal its most important model – Sonata – in a new generation in South Korea next month, followed shortly by the US and European region.

Via Automotive News Europe