Inside a day in the life of a Hyundai VP based in California

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I have two decades of experience in the automotive industry, and since August 2020 have served as vice president of product planning and mobility strategy for Hyundai Motor North America. My job involves guiding the strategic direction of Hyundai’s US vehicle lineup and the company’s US mobility strategy. 

I worked at Visa before Hyundai, where I was most recently VP of connected commerce, and have also held leadership roles at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Company. I’m also an advisory board member for the Los Angeles Auto Show and was elected as co-chair and board member of the Chrysler African American Network. 

I wake up at 5 a.m. every day.

You’ll never catch my bed unmade, so once my husband gets up, I make sure to fix the bed as part of my morning routine. 

I like to use the next two hours to take time to reflect and bring fresh air into my heart each day — either by meditating or going outside for a morning walk. I’ll also spend 20 or so minutes exercising with a kettlebell or hopping on the treadmill.

My workday starts at 7 a.m., either in Laguna Beach or at Hyundai’s headquarters in Orange County, California. 

Being in charge of Hyundai’s mobility strategy means that no two days will ever be the same. 

Whether in meetings with my teams, testing out a new vehicle at our media drives, speaking at an event, or strategizing hydrogen solutions, I try to approach each day and task with a positive attitude. 

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I kick off every Monday morning at 8 a.m. by attending team meetings led by our CEO, Jose Muñoz. 

These weekly meetings give us an opportunity to connect regularly and also ensure that we’re all on the same page for the coming week. With so much going on and so much of our work staying remote, it’s a nice way to stay connected, on task, and keep our relationships strong.

At these startup meetings, we align on current sales and production status, customer feedback, our COVID-19 response, and any impact on future product strategies.


The next few hours usually involve cross-functional discussions including anything from fuel cell electric vehicle strategy to improving access to hydrogen to the latest in battery technology and solutions. We also have meetings where we discuss new mobility solutions that are crucial toward attaining a planet-friendly, zero-emissions world.

At 11 a.m., I frequently meet with our parent company, Hyundai Motor Company …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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