Nexen Tire Corp. has named Jong Sun Kim acting CEO of its North American operations.

Kim will be based out of Nexen's Diamond Bar, Calif., headquarters, and will take over the top job on January 15, 2018. He's replacing James Kwon.

He will oversee all of Nexen’s operations in the U.S. and in Canada, including domestic original equipment sales and its North American technical center, which is currently under construction in Richfield, Ohio.

Kim is a tire industry veteran, with more than 31 years experience at Nexen and Kumho Tire Co. The company says he will bring "strong sales leadership and distribution channel strategy" to North America.

“We are all really excited for a very successful 2018,” says Kim. “I look forward to leading our team to new heights while continuing the great work we have achieved in past years.”

Nexen says it has already laid groundwork for a strong 2018 with new OE fitments on the Ram 1500, Volkswagen Jetta, and Porsche Macan, along with the introduction days before the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show of the Roadian MTX Mud Terrain tire.

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