SEOUL – Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest carmaker, announced on Wednesday the appointment of German engineer Albert Biermann as the head of its research and development division.
Biermann, 61, will be the first non-Korean to head the technological development of the world’s fourth largest car producer by volume, the company said in a statement.
Biermann worked as vice president of engineering on BMW’s high-end M series before joining Hyundai in 2014 to head the launch of its high-performance N series. Now he will be in charge of boosting the technological base of the group’s three brands: Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis.
The Seoul-based manufacturer also announced on Wednesday the promotion of executive vice-president Sung Hwan-Cho to vice-head of the R&D wing, where he will support Biermann in his new role.