There are interesting times ahead if you're a fan of either Hyundai or Kia.

The Hyundai Motor Group, which includes both Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) and Kia Motor Company (KMC), has just announced some senior changes to their management structure by appointing new executives to head up key departments such as Strategy Planning, Strategy and Technology, among others.

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But perhaps the most notable of the appointments is the posting of Albert Biermann, who currently holds the position of President within HMG. Biermann has been named as the new head for the Research and Development (R&D) Division of HMG, and will supervise the technological progress of the group.

Biermann joined Hyundai in 2015 from German automaker BMW. He had previously been the chief of M division; BMW's high performance brand.

Hyundai says that the new head of R&D has already led the successful launch of Hyundai's own performance brand, N. The division, which takes its name from the Nurburgring, takes Hyundai models and dials up the handling, the power, and overall feel. During his tenure, the company was able to release three high-performance models, the i30N, the i30N Fastback and the Veloster N.

Hyundai also says that Biermann had accelerated significant improvements in vehicle performance from Hyundai, Kia and the group's new luxury auto brand Genesis.

Ex-BMW M division boss will now lead Hyundai, Kia R&D

Biermann will also be supported by incoming Vice Head of R&D Division, Sung Hwan Cho.