(Johannesburg), 13 August 2014. KIA Motors South Africa is proud to announce that Christo Valentyn has joined the company as its PR and Product Marketing manager, effective August 2014.
With more than a decade of experience in journalism, strategic communications and events management, Valentyn brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the KIA brand, most notably with regards to the South African motoring media landscape.
Working mostly as a freelance journalist for a variety of motoring and lifestyle publications, he has spent the past two years as editor of Car & Leisure magazine. Valentyn also served on the executive committee of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) since 2011, charged with the Motoring Journalist of the Year portfolio (since 2011) and the WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition (since 2012). His move to KIA Motors was preceeded by a term as Chairman of the SAGMJ.
“I’m excited to have Christo on the marketing team, and look forward to his contribution to the Kia brand,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director at Kia Motors South Africa. “His responsibilities will touch on all aspects within the marketing function, and I see him taking our communication and engagement to a new level.”