Kia Executive to Open Business Lecture Series

COLUMBUS, Ga. - An executive for Kia’s new plant in West Point is the first speaker for a new lecture series sponsored by Columbus State University's D. Abbott Turner College of Business Advisory Council.

Randy Jackson, director of Human Resources and Administration for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc., will give the inaugural presentation for the First Thursday Executive Speaker Series at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in CSU’s University Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

During his lecture, Jackson will present “Get to Know Kia Motors, ‘The Fastest Growing Automobile Company in the World.’” He will discuss Kia’s newest manufacturing plant, which is under construction in West Point, Ga., as well as its economic impact.

Randy JacksonBefore joining Kia in 2007, Jackson was employed with Mercedes Benz USA and International, Inc., in Vance, Ala., where he was a member of the senior executive management team, leading the human resource group to support their major expansions and growth.

Jackson, left, previously worked for Toyota North America as general manager of human resources and administration. He helped establish plants in West Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, Alabama, Mexico and Europe, and led several Toyota expansions in Canada and the U.S.

Jackson is a member of the Korean Southeast United States chamber of commerce board. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in psychology in 1979. He also received his master's of business administration from Century University and earned a law degree from UCLA. Jackson has his legal certification in labor law from the Institute of Applied Management and Law.

Jackson, a national leader in the human resources field, has written several articles for the Society for Human Resource Management and has served on several labor law panels and projects with various firms dealing with major National Labor Relations Board decisions.

The First Thursday Executive Speaker Series is coordinated by the Turner College of Business Advisory Council, which is composed of local business leaders. CSU will continue the series with six programs per year starting in 2009.

For more information, call Robert Dunn at 706-562-1659.