SEOUL Feb 6 Kia Motors Corp's
marketing chief and sole Korea-based female executive, Claire
Chai, has left the automaker to return to the cosmetics
Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia are
male-dominated firms with female employees accounting for less
than 5 percent of their domestic workforce.
Hyundai only has one female executive among its ranks in
Seoul, Choi Myoung-wha, who also works in marketing. By
contrast, General Motors recently appointed its first
female chief executive, Mary Barra.
Chai, a longtime L'Oreal SA executive who joined
Kia in 2010, will become Amorepacific Corp's
marketing chief starting Monday, a spokeswoman for the South
Korean cosmetics giant said.
Kia has one other female executive, Maria Soklis, who is
chief operating officer of its Canadian unit.
Kia said it had named Park Byung-yun as head of marketing.
He previously oversaw brand management and export planning. The
automaker declined to comment on Chai's departure.
(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)