Hankook Tire America has named Hosung Suh as president after previously serving as the supplier’s SVP Global Corporate Strategy Planning Division.

“The US is very important to Hankook Tire,” said Suh. “I am excited to join our team to achieve the company’s goals in this region.”

Suh has led changes at Hankook Tire and is expected to do the same in the US, where the company is constructing its first North American plant in Clarksville, Tennessee and recently moved its country headquarters to Nashville.

Suh will fill the role held by president Hee-se Ahn, who has led Hankook America since January 2015.

During Ahn’s tenure, Hankook Tire America saw sales growth of 15% in the replacement market and built original equipment relationships with automotive manufacturers.

The company was named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for the first time earlier this year.