Hyundai Usa Ceo John Krafcik Shares Motivation Behind $72 Million To Fight Cancer

Yachting: USA buys time with America’s Cup win

Pediatric cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the US. On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM Eastern, Ill be joined live by Hyundai USA CEO John Krafcik who will be discussing Hyundais unusual commitment to this cause. Krafciks Bio from Hyundai : John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor Hyundai Motor America, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the companys operations in the United States. Krafcik joined Hyundai in 2004 as vice president of Product Development and Strategic Planning after tenures at Ford Motor Ford Motor Company and the GM/Toyota joint-venture, NUMMI. With his guidance, Hyundai has reshaped its American strategy and product lineup with strengths in design, innovation, and value. Since moving to his current role in late 2008 as president and chief executive officer, Krafcik and his team have increased Hyundais U.S. market share over 50% under challenging market conditions on the strength of growing accolades, breakthrough products and innovative marketing programs such as Hyundai Assurance. North American Car of the Year awards for Genesis in 2009 and Elantra in 2012 have further bolstered Hyundais reputation for providing quality, safety and value across its lineup. Prior to joining Hyundai, Krafcik began his career in the auto industry in 1984 as the first American engineer at the GM/Toyota joint-venture, NUMMI, with the quality and manufacturing engineering group. His experience inside the production process at NUMMI led to his move to the International Motor Vehicle Program at MIT, where he focused on identifying the key elements of manufacturing efficiency and coined the phrase lean manufacturing. It was here Krafcik became an expert on production operations and assembly plants. In 1988 he earned a Master of Science degree in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management.

The USA must still win six more races in a row to keep New Zealand from the one victory it needs to wrest yachting’s coveted Cup from the hands of Oracle team owner Larry Ellison. “It was really a great day,” said Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Sometimes things go your way, and we’re going to take it.” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker described the day as “frustrating,” saying “we know we can win this thing.” In the race that was completed, the Kiwis beat the USA over the starting line and rounded the first mark a few seconds ahead of Oracle. The defending champion snatched the lead back in a cross-over that resulted in New Zealand being tagged with a penalty. Oracle dodge to avoid colliding with New Zealand but jumped ahead and grabbed onto a lead that grew through the pivotal upwind third leg of the race. The USA remained in control of the race and crossed the finish a minute and 24 seconds ahead of the Kiwis. The Oracle victory came in a Race 13 rematch after light winds forced the first attempt at the race to be halted when the 40-minute time limit was reached as the Kiwis sailed unchallenged toward the finish. The Kiwis and the defending champions were nearly even at the start and the USA was ahead slightly as the catamarans crept slowly around the first gate. After days of high-speed racing on the bay, the AC72 catamarans seemed to be moving in slow motion as the teams jockeyed to catch puffs of the capriciously shifting breeze. New Zealand seized a lead that continued to grow, rounding the third gate more than two minutes ahead of the USA. The Kiwis were racing the clock rather than the USA from that point forward, but failed to make it past the final marker before time expired. “It’s a shame really,” said New Zealand tactician Ray Davies.

USA Counts On ‘Modern Family’ To Draw Wider Crowd

Approximately 12 million viewers of Modern Family between the ages of 18 and 49 watch Modern Family but dont watch USA in prime time, he said. Theres a real, real play here for us. USA, after all, is set to launch original comedies of its own, diversifying its program mix. Among the new entries are Sirens, focused on the antics of Chicago ambulance workers and Playing House, a female buddy comedy. The network is maintaining its ties to hour-long dramas, said McCumber, which often come with comic overtones. So certain are USAs operators of Modern Familys draw that they are putting it on most weeknights for long stretches of time much in the same way Time Warner-owned rival TBS has employed The Big Bang Theory to draw audiences during prime time to create a potential viewer base not only for 11 p.m. talk show Conan but an ongoing slate of original comedies. Modern Family will air five nights a week: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.