Friday, April 17, 2009

Maria Solkis

From CNW Group:

KIA Canada today announced that Maria Soklis has been named Chief Operating Officer and Vice - President. Theannouncement was made by Mr. Jay Chung, President and C.E.O. of KIA Canada. Ms. Soklis is the first female to ascend to the position of COO and Vice-President within the KIA Motors' International Organization. "Maria Soklisbrings outstanding leadership skills, sound business judgement and integrityto the COO position which will enable her to lead KIA Canada to new heights,"said Jay Chung.

"Through her leadership and guidance KIA Canada hasexperienced record sales growth and she has been instrumental to the ongoingoverall improvement in dealer satisfaction which was reflected in KCIreceiving the 2007 CADA Award for Most Improved Franchise. During her tenureat KIA Canada, Ms. Soklis has led KCI to a 26.9 per cent increase in salesthrough to 2008 and a 6.2 percent increase in sales for the first quarter of2009. This was a significant achievement in a market that posted an overallindustry decline of 21.8 per cent last quarter. Maria accepted the Global Subsidiary of the Year Award on behalf of KIA Canada in 2008. This award isgiven in recognition of the highest professionalism and best overall businessperformance among KIA Motors' entire sales subsidiaries world wide."

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