Wed 20 Dec 2023

Abiteboul appointed President of Hyundai Motorsport

Hyundai Motorsport's team principal Cyril Abiteboul is set to embrace a dual role in 2024 as he assumes the position of company President.

Abiteboul, who joined the Alzenau-based team at the beginning of this year, succeeds the outgoing Sean Kim, who held the role for two years. The Frenchman will continue to spearhead Hyundai's WRC team while taking on his new responsibilities.

His appointment as President coincides with a series of senior management restructuring measures slated to take effect from the start of 2024. These changes are geared towards enhancing performance and efficiency as the company gears up for the upcoming season and beyond.

“Firstly, I must say thank you to Sean Kim for bringing me to Hyundai Motorsport and to Hyundai for the trust they have shown in me for this new role,” Abiteboul said. “We have clear targets in the categories where we are competing. We are also tasked with the transformation of Hyundai Motorsport to reflect the evolution of Hyundai Motor Company and to continue to be a relevant platform for the N brand and products.

“We know there is work to be done, but we enjoy a team of dedicated, talented, and multi-cultural individuals that I will strive to guide with the same values of respect and trust as Sean did during his tenure.”

Sean Kim, who is transitioning to a new role within Hyundai Motor Company, added: “Just as twelve months ago I was pleased to welcome Cyril Abiteboul into the Hyundai family, today I hand over the role of President to him.

“Hyundai Motorsport has been like a family for me these past two years and as I am turning to new challenges, I do so in the knowledge that the company is in the hands of a renewed leadership team, and able to push strongly for the seasons ahead. There is an incredible array of talent in Alzenau and I know the future holds the potential for great successes.”

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