Hyundai Chief Legal Officer Retires

By Staff Writer January 28, 2021

W. Gerald (Jerry) Flannery, executive vice president and chief legal officer at Hyundai Motor America, will retire on March 1, following 34 successful years at the company. Flannery’s distinguished career has been an integral part of Hyundai’s U.S. business success story and continued evolution.

“Since nearly the start of Hyundai selling vehicles in the U.S., Jerry has been a trusted counselor and passionate advocate of the brand and our customers,” said José Muñoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. “Jerry’s contributions to Hyundai are endless. We wouldn’t be the company we are today without his vision, leadership and integrity.”

Flannery joined Hyundai in 1987 as senior corporate counsel just two years after Hyundai established operations in the U.S. Flannery also served as the vice president, general counsel and was elevated to chief legal officer in 2003. He is widely recognized as an authority on automotive product liability, regulatory and safety matters and established Hyundai’s U.S. safety office in 2016. Flannery also stepped in as interim president and CEO through most of 2017.

“It’s been the honor of my career to help Hyundai build and grow its U.S. business,” said Flannery.

Flannery serves as a member of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Foundation Board of Directors and was a founding member of the Hyundai Cancer Initiative at CHOC. Hyundai will immediately commence a search to fill this critical leadership position.

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