WEST POINT, Ga., Feb. 3, 2016 – With 2016 marking the 10 year anniversary of the announcement of KiaMotors’ first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Ga., Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) has announced two executive level promotions to support the positive growth in the State and in the West Point community.
J. Randy Jackson, the first American hired at KMMG in 2007, has been named Chief administrative officer, and Stuart Countess has been elevated to head of quality division.
Jackson helped open the plant and since his arrival, KMMG has hired more than 3,000 team members and successfully launched three shifts of production. Jackson has also led the effort to cultivate the “Kia Way” philosophy, which emphasizes a one-system one-team approach based on trust, mutual respect and effective two-way communication.
“I am proud of this opportunity and will use my position to continue assisting KMMG in its efforts to provide world-class quality, a stable work environment and sustained growth of our global company,” Jackson said.
Countess joined KMMG in 2008 and will oversee the quality division of the plant, including supplier and process quality, customer satisfaction, warranty and ISO/TS certifications for Business Management Systems.
“I look forward to reinforcing superior quality efforts,” Countess said. “We had an outstanding 2015, highlighted by our team members achieving the J.D. Power Highest ranking in Initial Quality in the midsize SUV segment for the Sorento, and we are expecting great achievements in 2016.”
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on November 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S.