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Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc.
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[bs_tcontent class=”active” id=”bs_first_tab80″]This Fall 2014, the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Since 1994, the series has shared the challenges, dreams and accomplishments of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. These highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment conducive for women to network, entertain, learn and grow.
This national flagship event is hosted in six cities across Canada and inspires 8,000+ aspiring leaders each year. Join us as some of North America’s most accomplished and influential women share their stories of professional success, personal triumph and working their way to the top.
Reception: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Luncheon: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
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Maria Soklis was named Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Kia Canada Inc. on April 14, 2009.
Ms. Soklis leads a team of 169 corporate staff, including 4 Regional Offices, a parts warehouse and overlooks 184 Kia dealerships nationally.
She joined Kia Canada in early 2006 and has since held positions in Sales, Marketing, Corporate Planning and Operations. Since her most recent appointment, annual sales volume has increased 93% and market share has grown from 2.3% to 4.2%.
In 2008, Ms. Soklis accepted an award from the Kia Motors Corporation for Kia Global Subsidiary of the Year and in August 2009 as well as October 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Zenith Club Award, in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution and Excellence of the Highest Degree.
More recently she has been designated 2012 Global Core Talent and awarded a Testimonial Award for outstanding support and dedication to the achievement of Kia Motors Corporation vision through excellent leadership in North America.
Ms. Soklis has pioneered many of Kia Canada’s charitable commitments, one of which was the Habitat for Humanity Toronto Women’s build Initiative in 2009. A supporter of Northern Ontario Women’s and Men’s Business Awards, she is also a resilient supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for which she received the prestigious “Citizen of Distinction” Award in September of 2012. She is the driving force behind Kia Canada’s ‘Drive Change’ campaign and urges others to actively make a positive difference in their local communities.
She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Automakers of Canada and was appointed Chair in April 2012. She is also a Board Director for the Luminato Festival and was previously a Board Director for the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.
Prior to joining Kia Canada, Ms. Soklis held various cross functional positions of increasing responsibility at GM Europe (Switzerland), GM International Operations (Germany) and at GM Canada.
She attained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and specialized in Social Development. She also attained a Diploma of Social Work from Renison University College, University of Waterloo.
In 2009 she received an award from Renison University College, University of Waterloo for Outstanding Alumna and most recently in April 2012, she proudly accepted an Honorary Senior Fellowship Award.
Ms. Soklis also received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated service to peers, community and Canada in November 2012.