Paul Philpott

President & CEO, Kia Motors UK


Paul graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Finance and joined Ford Motor Company’s management training programme in 1988. Aftre 9 years in Sales and Marketing roles, he moved to Toyota in 2007 and became Marketing Director at the age of 33 before being promoted to the role of Commercial Director in 2002. Paul then joined Kia in 2007 as Managing Director and developed a new turnaround strategy for the company called Vision 100 targeting sales growth from 30,000 new car sales per annum to 100,000 by 2020. He spent 3 years as COO of Kia Motors Europe based in Frankfurt before returning as the first non-Korean President & CEO of Kia Motors UK & Ireland in 2012. In 2016 Kia is on track to achieve 85,000 new car sales and the Vision 100 targets are now well in sight. The UK & Ireland subsidiaries both contribute a significant return to Kia shareholders and Paul now leads the 5th biggest market for Kia in the world. Receiving the Motor Trader Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013, and winning Global Market of the Year in 2014, Paul remains as ambitious as ever, and keen to share his experiences of nearly 30 years in the automotive industry. Paul is married to Julia and has two children; Georgie 13 and Jonathan 11. A keen skier and hill-walker, Paul is also in training for the 2017 London Marathon.

Paul’s participation has been made possible through Speakers for Schools partnership with the UK Automotive 30% Club and his school talks will include a focus on inspiring girls to consider opportunities in the automotive sector and encouraging all students to aim high.

He is also supporting the UK Automotive 30% Club 30/30/30 campaign.

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