LOS ANGELES — Hyundai Motor The us COO Brian Smith is leaving the automaker just small of three years on the career. His exit is helpful Monday.

“The placement of Hyundai Motor The us COO will not be replaced at this time as the firm proceeds to prioritize and consolidate its regional administration structure around the entire world,” Hyundai mentioned in a statement Thursday.

Smith joined Hyundai in October 2017 and led several major item launches, including the Palisade three-row crossover and the redesigned Sonata sedan. He expended much of his profession at Toyota and Lexus.

“Brian is an admired leader who assisted Hyundai at a essential time for the firm, and I would like to thank him for his challenging work and commitment to the manufacturer,” mentioned Jose Muñoz, CEO of Hyundai Motor North The us.

Muñoz took around the leading North The us career for the Korean automaker fourteen months back. Given that then, several outstanding executives have still left the firm and new ones have joined as Muñoz assembles his administration staff.

Smith took the Hyundai career immediately after retiring as vice president of retail transformation at Toyota, just immediately after the Japanese automaker concluded relocating its North The us headquarters from Southern California to Texas.

Right before the retail transformation post, Smith was vice president of Lexus promoting. He expended 35 years with Toyota.