The surprise and sudden departure of two top Kia Motors America Inc. officials this month was a carefully planned strategic decision resulting from the operation’s growing importance to parent Kia Motors Corp., an insider in Korea tells Ward’s. CEO Len Hunt and Ian Beavis, vice president-marketing, unceremoniously exited KMA following the Feb. 5 appointment of Byung-mo Ahn as chairman, president and CEO. “Ahn was promoted…based on sound business decisions, regardless of how things might ...

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