The rather smooth road along which Hyundai has been travelling in recent years just got bumpy:
Claims (that the land purchase will enhance brand value) and counter-claims (that the Chairman wields outsized influence) are circulating. Whereas the company has performed well in recent times, things may not have been as rosy on the inside as they seemed to be from the outside. Clearly, Hyundai has struck a nasty section of potholed road. The board and shareholders face some difficult decisions:
One hopes the shareholders, board and management might set their egos and inherent response (save face) to one side, to create and implement a plan to repair a now-damaged brand image. This nasty series of potholes will not be fatal to Hyundai's long-term prospects if the three parties act quick and smartly, and do so together as one. However, if they don't strike three may not be too far away.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.