Share this article:

Kia Motors America Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Michael Sprague will leave his post, effective April 17.

The Irvine-based automaker hadn’t appointed his successor, a company statement said.

Get the latest OC business and Coronavirus updates

Sprague has been with Kia for nine years and helped launch vehicles such as the Soul, Niro and Stinger models.

Kia made another change to its C-suite this year when it named SeungKyu “Sean” Yoon chief executive and president, replacing JangWon “Justin” Sohn.