Hankook Adds to Corporate Strategy Team at U.S. Headquarters

Posted on April 18, 2017
Justin Shellaway has joined Hankook Tire America as general counsel.
Justin Shellaway has joined Hankook Tire America as general counsel.

Hankook Tire America Corp. has hired a general counsel and public relations manager. Both are based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

Justin Shellaway is Hankook Tire’s new general counsel and will serve as the company’s in-house attorney.

Hankook says Shellaway brings significant private sector and federal government experience with regulatory compliance and litigation. He previously served as a branch chief for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, supervising a team of attorneys investigating market manipulation in the agency’s Office of Enforcement.

Prior to his federal government service, Shellaway practiced litigation in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm based in Texas following a federal court clerkship. He graduated from Yale Law School and The University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude. His wife, Ruby, serves as the deputy general counsel at Vanderbilt University, and they have a three-year-old daughter.

“I am delighted to join the ambitious yet humble team at Hankook Tire,” Shellaway says. “Hankook impressed me with its commitment to excellence and a deep sense of gratitude that drives it to serve the American consumer and our local community.”

In his new role as public relations manager, Wes Boling's duties include being the U.S. spokesperson for Hankook Tire America.
In his new role as public relations manager, Wes Boling's duties include being the U.S. spokesperson for Hankook Tire America.

Wes Boling will serve as Hankook’s public relations manager. Boling will oversee all public relations and internal communications initiatives on behalf of the Korea-based company’s American headquarters, which moved to Nashville from New Jersey last year. He will also serve as the company’s United States spokesperson and will manage publicity related to the corporation’s new tire production facility in Clarksville, Tenn.

Boling has a decade of experience in strategic communications. He joins Hankook Tire following a senior account management role at Mary Beth West Communications, a multi-sector public relations agency with offices in Nashville and Knoxville.

“I am eager to work with Hankook Tire leadership to inform the public about the revolutionary growth happening here,” Boling said. “Our passion for innovation gives us many powerful stories to tell as we grow our presence locally and nationally.”

A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Boling earned a Master of Business Administration with a marketing concentration from Belmont University’s Massey Graduate School of Business, where he also studied negotiation and cross-cultural communication. While earning his MBA, he managed marketing and communications for Brentwood Hearing Center, a Nashville audiology practice.

Boling began his career as a sports reporter for WVLT, the CBS television affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn. There he crafted live reports and feature stories and oversaw the sports department’s web and social media presence. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Lisa.

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Related Topics: Hankook Tire, Justin Shellaway, Wes Boling

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