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A former executive at Kia Motors America Inc.'s Irvine headquarters has been promoted to president and chief executive of Ontario-based Kia Canada Inc.

Min Kun Kim most recently served as chief executive coordinator in Irvine.

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Kim’s prior positions at the company have included president of Kia's Middle East and Africa region, and a stint as president and chief executive of Kia Motors Australia.

Kim also served for a time as deputy general manager at Hyundai Auto Canada.

Hyundai and Kia are sister companies.