Hyundai Motor names former Nissan executive Jose Munoz as COO

Jose Munoz, chief performance officer of Nissan Motor Co., speaks during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 15, 2018.

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Jose Munoz, chief performance officer of Nissan Motor Co., speaks during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 15, 2018.

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor on Thursday named former Nissan executive Jose Munoz as its global chief operating officer.

Munoz, who will take charge on May 1, has also been named president along with chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America along with Hyundai Motor America.

Previously, Munoz, 53, was Nissan Motor’s chief performance officer along with head of its China operations.

He joined Nissan in 2004 in Europe along with led its expansion in North America after the global financial crisis. Since then, Nissan has raised its market share from the United States along with posted record sales.

Munoz resigned via Nissan in January, further rattling the Japanese automaker’s management team amid the investigation into ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s alleged financial misconduct.

Widely considered as a close ally of Ghosn along having a potential successor to lead the automaking partnership between Nissan along with France’s Renault, Munoz had been a “person of interest” in Nissan’s widening internal investigation. Munoz will be based in California along with will report to Hyundai’s top leadership in Seoul.