SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — General Motors Co. has named a productivity expert as chief of GM Korea Co. as the South Korean unit continues to struggle with declining sales, the Korean unit said Thursday.
Kaher Kazem, president and managing director of GM India, will take the helm at GM Korea from Sept. 1. He succeeds James Kim who steps down on Aug. 31 to better serve as chairman and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM), the company said in a statement.
“As a car guy, Kaher has had a long and distinguished career in manufacturing, business operations and leading key markets in the automotive industry. He has the experience and global perspective to lead GM Korea to a sustainable and competitive future,” it said.
Kazem began his career with GM in 1995 in Australia. He has served in several key leadership positions within the Detroit-based carmaker. In 2015, he joined GM India as chief operating officer and then was promoted to president and managing director the following year.
In the January-July period, GM Korea saw its combined sales slump 9.4 percent to 320,405 vehicles from 353,489 units a year earlier.