Industry veteran brings extensive Canadian and international automotive
MARKHAM, ON, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Effective today, Donald Romano is
appointed President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., replacing
Steve Kelleher who elected to retire at the end of April after 28 years
with the company.
Having initially joined the organization as its Chief Operating Officer
in January, Mr. Romano will guide the Hyundai brand by leveraging a
wealth of automotive experience accumulated over 29 years through
increasingly senior positions in Canada, the United States, and
overseas with the Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota brands.
"In Canada and around the world, Hyundai is a brand with limitless
possibilities," said Mr. Romano. "Hyundai has established its position
as an industry leader by developing world-class products with a
reputation for quality, fuel efficiency, premium features customers
actually use, and great design. Under Mr. Kelleher's guidance, Hyundai
grew into one of Canada's largest and most successful automotive
companies. My task - and my opportunity - is to help take the business
to the next level."
Mr. Romano pointed to the all-new Genesis premium sedan and Sonata
intermediate sedan as examples of how the company plans to evolve.
"Both the Genesis and Sonata showcase our new, more refined and
sophisticated design, which is truly representative of what's to come
from us. We're focused on elevating the complete Hyundai experience.
From the first advertisement a customer sees, to our website, to
shopping at a Hyundai dealership, to purchase and the entire vehicle
ownership experience, every customer touch point will be elevated to
new heights. We're committed to leading the industry in customer
service by exceeding their expectations."
The Genesis will go on-sale at Hyundai dealers this spring while the
Sonata will arrive in the summer.
Prior to joining Hyundai, Mr. Romano was President of Mazda Canada as
well as Chief Marketing Officer for Mazda operations in North America.
He also held key executive roles for Toyota overseas and Nissan in
Mr. Romano has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from
California State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in
HYUNDAI AUTO CANADA CORP.
Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham,
Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai
vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and
are sold and serviced through 210 dealerships nationwide. Learn more at
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SOURCE: Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
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