Kim Chang-hwan, holding dual roles as the leader of Hyundai Motor Group’s Battery Development Center and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Development Center, will assume the position of FISITA chairman from 2025 to 2027.FISITA stands as the largest global consortium of academic institutions within the automotive domain, boasting participation from automotive engineering societies in 38 countries. Established primarily in the UK, France, and Germany in 1948, it has garnered a membership of roughly 210,000 automotive researchers worldwide.
The FISITA president oversees the governing bodies and committees of automotive engineering societies worldwide. Additionally, they engage in external endeavors, including serving as keynote speakers at international academic conferences organized by FISITA.
Chang-Hwan Kim, an executive director at Hyundai and Kia, was appointed as FISITA chairman due to his substantial international connections and research expertise in the critical fields of battery and hydrogen fuel cells, which are set to be the primary energy sources for upcoming mobility solutions.
The tenure for the Chairman position spans two years, commencing from 2025 to 2027. Before assuming this role, Chang-Hwan Kim will hold the position of president-elect, alongside Mike Anderson, Vice President at GM and the present chairman of FISITA.
Regarding his selection, Kim Chang-hwan remarked, “In a landscape where the race for leadership in the future mobility sector is growing fiercer, and the shift towards electric mobility is accelerating, we aim to play a role in advancing the global automotive industry and actualizing our organization’s fundamental principle, ‘Advancement for the Benefit of Humanity.’ I am committed to giving my utmost effort.”