Why Hyundai Motor heir apparent Euisun Chung is said to become chairman soon

SEOUL– Hyundai Motor Group’s executive vice chairman Euisun Chung is set to be made chairman of the South Korean automaker as soon as Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported, as he formally takes over the reins from his octogenarian father.

Hyundai Motor plans to hold a board meeting possibly on Wednesday to promote Chung to chairman of South Korea’s second-largest conglomerate, Yonhap reported Tuesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.

Hyundai declined to comment.

Chung, born in 1970, has led Hyundai’s recent push in electric vehicles, mobility and hydrogen fuel cells. In July, he announced that Hyundai and sister company Kia Motors aimed to sell 1 million electric vehicles in 2025, jointly targeting a more than 10 percent share of the global market for EVs.

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