February 19, 2020 / 9:00 AM / 2 months ago

Hyundai Motor chairman to give up board seat as succession looms

FILE PHOTO: Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo arrives to attend a hearing at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Group (005380.KS) Chairman Mong-Koo Chung plans to give up his board seat, in the latest sign that the octogenarian patriarch of South Korea’s second-largest conglomerate is preparing to hand the reins over to his son.

The company said on Wednesday it would propose Chief Financial Officer Kim Sang Hyun as a replacement for Chung on the board. Shareholders will vote on the proposal during a meeting on March 19.

Chung, the son of Hyundai’s founder, has been stepping back from frontline operations in recent years.

Meanwhile, his son and heir-apparent, Euisun Chung, has become increasingly visible since being promoted to executive vice chairman in 2018.

Mong-Koo Chung is the only one of five executive directors whose term expires this year, Hyundai’s website showed.

He will remain as chairman and as an executive who does not hold a board seat, a spokesperson said.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Mark Potter

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