Hyundai America Technical Center appoints new president

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William ‘Andy’ Freels has been appointed president of the Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He will be responsible for leading engineering groups to develop global platforms to meet both North and South American markets. Freels is the first local executive to assume the HATCI presidency.

“It is an honor to lead HATCI through a time of increasing responsibility for vehicle development in the Americas,” said Freels. “I look forward to building on the foundation of a highly respected research and development team as HATCI enters its 30th year of operation.”

Freels started at HATCI in 2005 and most recently served as director of the vehicle evaluation group where he was responsible for projects from crashworthiness development support to advanced technology research. Freels also played a pivotal role in establishing the foundation for Hyundai Motor Company’s (HMC) California Proving Grounds in California City, California, USA, where he oversaw all aspects of the facility and continuing construction projects.

March 16, 2016

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