Buckingham joins Kia revolution

Kia has appointed John Buckingham as the head of Kia Next Design Exterior Group.

Earlier this year vice president Teck Koun Kim was appointed to the position of Head of Kia Next Design Group, and now Buckingham will take the role as the Head of Kia Next Design Exterior Group.

Karim Habib, EVP and Head of Kia Global Design Center said: “As Kia continues its transformation towards sustainable mobility and moves to become an aspirational brand, I am extremely happy to welcome John Buckingham to the Kia Global Design Center. His incredible talent and creativity will empower our team. It is a fantastic advantage for us also to have Teck Koun Kim to lead all of our production projects. With his extraordinary skills and valuable experience, he can advance our design organisation in Namyang even further towards the brand we want to be.”

Buckingham said: “It is with great honour and excitement that I join the Kia Next Design Exterior Group. I look forward to working with the hugely talented design team to help further define the brand’s Opposites United progressive design philosophy and apply this approach to the next generation of Kia vehicle exteriors. Together, we will build on the hugely impressive current products and work towards the next generation of design expression,” said John Buckingham, Head of Kia Next Design Exterior Group.”