Kia Canada Inc. Appoints New Public Relations Manager

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 13 /CNW/ - Kia Canada Inc. is proud to announce today the appointment of Patrick Saint-Pierre to Public Relations Manager.

A graduate of the Canadian Automotive Institute programme of Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, Saint-Pierre also possesses a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from Northwood University in Michigan. With him, he brings a wealth of experience, including a successful 14-year career at Volkswagen Canada and Volkswagen of America where he most recently held positions in Public Relations, Product Planning, and Sales.

"We are pleased to welcome Patrick to our team," said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing Kia Canada Inc. "He is a great addition to Kia Canada and will play an important role in continuing to grow the brand," he added.

"I am thrilled to join such a vibrant company," said Saint-Pierre. He added "It is a privilege to become a member of Kia Canada Inc. as it is poised for continued success in the market with compelling products such as the 2011 Optima and soon, the all-new 2012 Rio."

In his new functions, Saint-Pierre will be responsible for the further building and heightening of the Kia Brand in Canada through media activities.

Saint-Pierre is taking over the position from Jack Sulymka, who has assumed additional responsibilities. In his new role, Saint-Pierre will report directly to Jack Sulymka.

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Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte and Sorento through a network of 171 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 141 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia Motors Corporation continues to showcase the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.

For further information:

Kia Canada Inc. Media Contact:

Cathy Laroche
PR and Marketing Coordinator
(C): 819.350.3463
e-mail: claroche@kia.ca


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