Chairman & CEO
Partners for the Future Foundation
FedEx Express, Korea
United Airlines, Inc.
CEO & President
Raytheon International Korea
Johnson Controls Korea
President & CEO
Costco Wholesale Korea
Seoul Foreign School
Head of School
Kelly Services, Ltd
GM Korea Company
President, CEO & Chairman
Amway Korea Ltd.
Procter & Gamble Korea
Vice President, Korea
HP Printing Korea
Harman International Korea, Inc.
President/ Country Manager, Korea
Citibank Korea Inc.
Grand Hyatt Seoul
GE Healthcare Korea
President & CEO
Johnson & Johnson Medical Korea Ltd.
Area Managing Director, North Asia
Visa International Asia Pacific Korea Ltd.
Country Manager, Korea & Mongolia
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs
Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea / U.S. Embassy
Ambassador Harry Harris was nominated by President Trump on May 23 and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 28 as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Ambassador Harris commanded the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), now known as the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), from May, 2015 to May, 2018. He is the first Asian-American to hold four-star rank in the U.S. Navy and the first to head USPACOM. Prior to USPACOM, he commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Other operational commands include the U.S. 6th Fleet, Striking and Support Forces NATO, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, and Patrol Squadron 46.
From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Harris served as the representative of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Secretary of State. In this role, he traveled to over 80 countries with the Secretary and participated in most of the Secretary’s meetings with foreign leaders. He also served as the U.S. Roadmap Monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.
Ambassador Harris’ personal decorations include the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three Navy Distinguished Service Medals, three Defense Superior Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and the Air Medal. He received the Republic of Korea’s Tong-il medal in 2014. He has also been decorated by the governments of Australia, France, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Singapore.
Ambassador Harris was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978. He holds master’s degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He also did post-graduate work at Oxford University and completed the Seminar 21 fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ambassador Harris’ father served in the U.S. Navy, and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed in Korea and Japan after World War II until he retired in 1958. Harris’ mother was Japanese. She moved to Tennessee with her husband and young son in 1958 and became an American citizen in 1974.
Ambassador Harris is married to Ms. Bruni Bradley, herself a career Naval officer.
Chairman & CEO
Chairman & CEO / AMCHAM Korea
James Kim is Chairman and CEO of AMCHAM Korea. Prior to AMCHAM, Mr. Kim served as Chairman, CEO and President of GM Korea. Mr. Kim is a Korean-American who is passionate about promoting the commercial interests between the United States and Korea.
At GM Korea, Mr. Kim was responsible for the total operations with 17,000 employees (sales, manufacturing, distribution and design) in Korea. Mr. Kim also had oversight responsibilities with GM’s joint venture operations in Uzbekistan.
Mr. Kim joined GM Korea from Microsoft Korea, where he had served as Country Manager and CEO. His previous roles include CEO of Yahoo! Korea and Asia Regional Vice President of Overture (a wholly owned subsidiary of Yahoo).
Prior to Yahoo, Mr. Kim worked predominantly in the United States, where he was the Managing Partner at Palisades Advisors, based in New York. Prior to Palisades, he held other positions including CEO at Corcoran.com, CEO of Vivien International and National Marketing Manager at AT&T.
Mr. Kim serves as Independent Director of iClick Interactive (NASDAQ: ICLK) and as Senior Advisor of Archegos Capital Management, a New York based, family investment office specializing in U.S. and Asia public equities. Mr. Kim is also Advisor to ICONLOOP, a leading blockchain enterprise technology company based in South Korea. Mr. Kim remains active on organizations that promote the success of the Korean and US economies.
Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. As an avid tennis player, Mr. Kim serves as an official “Wilson Brand Ambassador.” Mr. Kim lives in Seoul, Korea with his spouse and has two grown children.
Chairman of Board of Governors
Foundation Chairman / Partners for the Future Foundation
Jeffrey D. Jones has been with Kim & Chang since 1980 and during these years he has had some involvement with most of the foreign investors active in Korea. Mr. Jones has always had an international focus in his legal career. He started practicing law in 1978 with Baker & McKenzie in their Chicago and Tokyo offices.
Mr. Jones is active in civic and charitable activities as well. He served five terms as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea and three terms as President of the Seoul Club. Mr. Jones organized and presently serves as Chairman of a nonprofit foundation, Partners for the Future, providing scholarships, job training, aid and other assistance to the unemployed and their families in Korea.
Mr. Jones serves as advisor to several organizations and government agencies in Korea including the Seoul International Business Advisory Council and Foreign Investment Advisory Council of Seoul City, Foreigner’s Policy Advisory Board, the Red Cross Advisory Committee for the Future Strategy. Mr. Jones provides advice and assistance to several NGOs and he is currently an honorary board member of the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission, board member of Korea Green Foundation, International Vaccine Institute and Fulbright Foundation. Mr. Jones was appointed by President Roh Moo Hyun to be a member of the Regulatory Reform Commission and he is the first foreign national to serve in a government position in Korea. For his service to the Korean economy, Mr. Jones was awarded the Bronze Tower of Industrial Merit by President Kim Dae Jung.
Managing Director / FedEx Express, Korea
Eun-Mi Chae is Managing Director of FedEx Korea. She oversees all of the company’s operations in Korea, a fast-growing market for express shipping and logistics service, and executes the overall strategies.
Chae has more than 25 years of experience in working in express shipping and airlines. Prior to joining FedEx, she worked for Korean Air and Flying Tigers, where at the age of 28 she became the youngest division manager in Korea’s airline industry.
In 1991, Chae joined FedEx Korea, initially serving as the company’s Customer Service Manager and in 2000 she was promoted to her first senior management role overseeing the company’s ground operations. Her career took another leap in 2004 when she was appointed Managing Director of Human Resources for FedEx North Asia Pacific. And in 2006 Chae became the first Korean female to hold a Country Managing Director position among all multinational express companies in Korea.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Chae graduated from Ewha Women’s University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French Education. She also received her MBA from Alto University in Helsinki in Finland in 1999.
Vice Chair & Former Chairman
Country Manager-Korea / United Airlines, Inc.
David Ruch is United’s senior company representative responsible for all aspects of the airline’s operation in Korea. He has over 38 years of international airline experience and has worked in Asia for 35 years. Mr. Ruch has held numerous leadership positions in Korea's business community over the past 25 years. He currently sits on the Board as a past Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, an organization representing over 1,000 US companies, after 2 terms as Chairman and a 3 year term as Vice Chairman. He has served as Co-Chair of the Travel & Transportation Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years, where he has been active in the Chamber’s Capitol Hill lobbying initiatives to secure Visa Waiver status for Korea and the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement legislation.
Aside from his AMCHAM roles, he serves as the Korea Chair for the US Travel Association and is Chairman of Korea’s Board of Airline Representatives. He is a recipient of the Ministerial Achievement Award from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and was an Asia/Pacific delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism. He is one of only three foreigners to have served on the Korean Government’s Presidential Council for National Competitiveness, chaired by the President of the Republic of Korea, representing US Business interests to Korean government policy makers. He is currently active in both U.S. and Korean industry affairs and policy.
Immediately prior to United, Mr. Ruch was President of The Lacek Group, a division of Ogilvy & Mather, specializing in travel industry consulting. Prior to Ogilvy, Mr. Ruch’s career in the airline industry included 20 years of senior level positions with Northwest Airlines, split between assignments in Japan and Korea.
CEO & President / Cigna Corporation
Benjamin brings 30 years of diverse, multi-national business experience in the financial services industry with a primary focus on the global insurance marketplace, including Korea.
Most recently, he held the position of Korea Country Manager for Sun Life Financial, based in Seoul. Prior to this, Benjamin served at MetLife International as Head of Global Agency, where he was responsible for all non-U.S. agency business, including Korea, China, India and Mexico, and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for their Korea operation. Benjamin also spent 15 years with Prudential where he held a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. and Korea. He was a founding member of Prudential Korea in 1980s.
Benjamin attended Baruch College, The City University of New York, USA, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in marketing management and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance.
President / Raytheon International Korea
John Yi is a President within Raytheon International Incorporated (RII), the international sales and marketing arm of Raytheon Company. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. He was appointed to this position in March of 2018.
Before joining Raytheon, John was vice president of Rolls-Royce Naval Marine for eight years. He was responsible for business development for Asia and Pacific. One of his significant achievements in this role was replacing 40 years long incumbent GE naval engine in the Korean navy ships with Rolls-Royce Marine engine, the first time outside of the US Navy and RN.
John Yi also served 20 years in the US Navy as a naval aviator. He was stationed in Guam, Japan, Spain, Korea and several states in the US. He served two tours in Korea…JUSMAG-K from 1997 to 1999 and Naval Attaché from 2003 to 2005 where he retired from the active duty. His military decorations include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Joint Service Achievement Medal.
John Yi holds an Engineer Degree in aeronautical engineering, Master’s degree in astronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the US Naval Academy. He is also a graduate of Japanese Senior War College.
He is married and has three children.
Chief Compliance Officer
Senior Partner / Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers
Henry An is a Senior Partner at Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC Korea") and currently serves as Inbound Leader with firm-wide oversight responsibility for the firm’s foreign-invested client base. He also serves as Deputy Leader of the Tax Practice and Deputy Leader of Markets & Growth.
Henry has accumulated nearly 25 years of experience providing various types of consulting services in the U.S. (Washington D.C., Chicago, New York Metro) and Korea. He specializes in providing advice on complex business and tax issues. He has been recognized in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers and Transfer Pricing Advisers every year since 2004. He has also been recognized in Euromoney's Best of the Best as one of the top transfer pricing advisers worldwide in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 and in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders every year since 2013.
Henry has served as an external adviser to Korea's National Tax Service, Korea Customs Service, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Office of the Prime Minister and the President's Transition Committee. He is also Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Taxation Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.
Henry received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he received recognition as a Jane Robertson Scholar and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.
President / Johnson Controls Korea
Brad Buckwalter was named President/General Manager Johnson Controls Korea in March 2017. Johnson Controls is a merger between Johnson Controls and Tyco International and is a leader in the building business segment with leading products in fire, security, HVAC, controls, and US government business. Brad previously was President of Tyco Korea from May 2015 managing its fire and retail related business.
Brad previously was President of ADT Korea which is one of the leading security companies in Korea. Brad led ADT to strong growth and market share gains during his 5 year tenure as President.
Brad also spent 21 years working for Otis Elevator (United Technologies) in various positions including President, as he led its Korea business and legacy LG operations to a leading market position in Korea and other key Asia markets.
Given Brad’s nearly 25 years experience in Korea’s building/construction market, he is an expert on industry topics and is proud to have played a role in helping Korea’s dramatic growth and development over the past two decades.
Brad is active in community affairs and is active in Asia Society, FORCA (Korea Foreign Company Association), Hwehyun Rotary Club, Seoul City Foreign Investment Advisory Council, USO (United Service Organization) and is proud to have been named an honorary citizen of Seoul (2011) and Jeju (2012) for his contributions to the communities.
President & CEO / IBM Korea
During a career of more than 25 years in the Information Technology (IT) industry, Hwajin Andrew Chang has held senior roles across research and engineering, product management, business consulting, as well as software sales and solutions delivery.
Prior to joining IBM as the General Manager of IBM Korea, Andrew spent nine years with Samsung SDS in a variety of executive positions.
As the Senior Vice President of the Analytics IoT business he was responsible for the sales, development and implementation of smart home, smart building, and industrial IoT solutions. Andrew also held similar positions focused on Smart Town, Smart Logistics and Smart Healthcare where he led several Internet of Things related opportunities.
At the end of 2012, Andrew was appointed President and Corporate Senior Vice President, Samsung SDS Regional Headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In this role he was responsible for operations in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and India regions.
Before joining Samsung SDS in 2007, Andrew spent six years with Agile Software, including one year as the company’s Vice President for the Asia Pacific region. He also spent time in the USA leading Solutions Delivery for North America and later for Asia Pacific and Europe.
Andrew also worked in product management for Applied Materials, and in research engineering for Stanford High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory where he started his career.
Andrew holds a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Country Manager / Costco Wholesale Korea
Mike Cho currently is Country Manager for Costco Korea, previously serving as the Operations Director from 2011 to 2015. Prior to the Operations Director, Mike has filled number of senior leadership positions with Costco in Korea.
18 year employee of Costco, Mike studied Economics at the University of Washington, resides in Songdo, Incheon, with his wife Annie and son Joy and enjoys golf and meeting new people.
Head of School / Seoul Foreign School
Colm Flanagan has worked in education for over 30 years and has a wife and two teenage boys. His teaching career has been primarily in state education in inner-city London working in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the English capital. From 2001-2009 he was the Headmaster of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic School in York. In 2009 St. Wilfrid’s was adjudged by the UK’s regulatory body, OFSTED to be an ‘Outstanding’ school.
In 2010, Colm moved with his family to Santiago, Chile to take up the post of Headmaster of the Preparatory School where he enjoyed four years leading the country’s most prestigious school.
Colm is currently Head of School at Seoul Foreign School, one of the world’s oldest international schools and an establishment committed to ‘educational excellence and building character.’
CEO Korea / Morgan Stanley
Steve is currently Head of Morgan Stanly Korea overseeing the Firm’s businesses including Institutional Equities, Research, Fixed Income, Investment Banking, Capital Market, Private Equities and Asset Management Business.
He joined Morgan Stanley in 1989 as an Associate in New York. Steve was relocated to the Firm’s Tokyo office to mainly develop the institutional derivatives business. Then he was transferred to the Hong Kong office to build the Firm’s Pan Asia business during the Asian Financial Crisis.
He was then relocated to Seoul to strengthen the Firm’s Institutional Business and became CEO of Morgan Stanley Korea in January 2016.
He is also a member of the Firm’s Asia Executive Operating Committee.
Steve grew up in Japan and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Seoul National University, and a BA from Chuo University.
Managing Director / Kelly Services, Ltd
YouMe heads Kelly Services in Korea after successfully launching it in 2008. With more than 15 years of experience in the business of executive search industry in Korea and Singapore, she has counseled a wide range of senior executives of multinational corporations, providing them with strategies for a broad array of initiatives including market entry, recruiting, retention, corporate restructuring related to human resources.
Especially sought after by clients from the Asia financial service industry to consult on high-level management and human resources issues as well as to recruit executive management talent for their operations, YouMe’s strong track record works predominantly with CEOs and board members in multi-cultural projects, especially for Hong Kong, Singapore, China, India, UK, US and Korea.
From 2015, she has been leading PERSOL Korea and Kelly Services Korea successfully as managing director.
Managing Director / McDonald's Korea
Melanie Joh is the Managing Director of McDonald’s Korea, a position she has held since March 2016. She has responsibility for the P&L of McDonald’s Korea business with over 400 restaurants.
Melanie has been working for McDonald’s since November 2011. Prior to her appointment as the Managing Director, she was in charge of marketing, communications, menu management and customer service for McDonald’s Korea. Under Melanie’s leadership, the team created and launched successful campaigns and products such as Big Mac Chant, 1955, breakfast, Prosperity, and quality campaign to improve brand image and consumer satisfaction.
Before McDonald’s, Melanie worked at Haworth, a multi-billion dollar office solutions provider for Fortune 500 companies, as Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, based in Shanghai, China. She was responsible for end-to-end marketing from product planning, design, development, marketing and communications.
Prior to Haworth, Melanie worked at Motorola Korea as Marketing Director leading overall marketing strategy, planning and execution for mobile handset business. She moved on to a global marketing role within Motorola in Chicago as Director of Portfolio Strategy, Global Marketing at Motorola Mobility. Throughout her career with Motorola, she worked in various leadership roles overseeing design research, marketing, communications, portfolio strategy and product planning, based in Korea and the United States.
Melanie holds a Ph.D. in Design from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. She also holds a Master of Engineering in Industrial Design from Korea University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts from Ewha Womans University, both in Seoul, Korea. She is currently a Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Korea since 2017, and on the Board of Governors for American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Korea since 2018.
President / Ford Korea
Jae Jung is the representative director and President and CEO of Ford Korea.
Since Jae was appointed to this role in 2001, he has been instrumental in the establishment, development, growth and profit of the organization. In this position, he leads sales and marketing efforts for the Ford and Lincoln products offered in Korea and during his tenure Ford Korea has been a beacon of the rapidly expanding imported car market in Korea.
Jae joined Ford in 1992, and was a founding member of Ford Korea. Prior to his current post, Jae served as the Sales and Marketing Director for the Ford Motor Company brands represented by Ford Korea. He was also the Regional Operations Director for Ford's Asia-Pacific Direct Markets in which capacity he supervised Ford's operations in 17 markets.
In addition to his role with Ford Korea, Jae has served as the Chairman of the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA) since March 2012. As a senior industry representative who witnessed the birth and the growth of the country’s automotive market, he now guides the industry to ensure qualitative and quantitative growth is achieved. Moreover, since 2013 Jae has held the following roles: Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea; Chief Vice Chairman, Global Companies CEO Association (GCCA) in Korea; and Vice Chairman, Korean Society of Strategic Management (KSSM).
In September 2015, Jae co-authored a book titled ‘Being Global, Working in Global Company’ along with other members of the GCCA, sharing stories of his work experiences with young people. Jae has also been very active in the ‘talent donation’ activities by offering special lectures in colleges such as Konkuk University, Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies, Ewha Womans University and Sogang University as Adjunct Professor and Career Development Commissioner.
Jae holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburg, from where he received the 225th Anniversary Medallion in July 2013 for his distinguished accomplishments. Jae also obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Inha University.
In his spare time, Jae likes to play golf, watch movies and spend time with his wife and son.
President, CEO & Chairman / GM Korea Company
Kaher Kazem was appointed president and CEO of GM Korea Co. and chairman of the GM Korea Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2017.
Kazem began his career with GM in 1995 in Australia and held several key leadership positions in GM Holden Manufacturing Operations.
In 2009, Kazem became vice president of Manufacturing and Quality for GM Thailand and ASEAN. He was appointed president and managing director of GM Uzbekistan in 2012. In 2015, Kazem joined GM India as chief operating officer. He was appointed president and managing director in 2016.
Kazem has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Adelaide and a master’s degree in business administration from La Trobe University.
President/Representative Director / Amway Korea Ltd.
Jang-Hwan Kim is President and the Representative Director of Amway Korea Ltd. JH Kim joined Amway Korea in 1993. During his tenure at Amway Korea, he has led the steady and sound corporate development based on extensive experience and knowledge in Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Sales and Logistics. In 2016, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer and has been serving as the President since 2017.
JH Kim was a member of the preparatory committee of Mutual Aid Cooperative & Consumer (MAC&CO) where he contributed to establishing a stable multi-level marketing industry in Korea. He carried out by working to eliminate fraudulent MLMs as he proactively sought to build positive relationship with related government departments.
JH Kim serves on the boards of Mutual Aid Cooperative & Consumer(MAC&CO), Korea Health Supplements Association(KHSA), and KBA Legal Aid Foundation. Also, serves as a vice chairman of the Korea Direct Selling Industry Association(KDSA).
JH Kim received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Korea University and his MBA from Helsinki School of Economics.
Vice President, Korea / Procter & Gamble Korea
Seoul (Oct 18 onwards)
Bachelor of Engineering, 95
M.B.A Marketing, 99
SP Jain Institue, Mumbai
Date Joined P&G
May 10th, 1999
Year Position Held
2018 Vice President, Korea (Oct 18)
2016 Director, Sales, Global SK-II
2014 Director, Sales, Korea
2012 Associate Director, Oral, Fem & Shave Care, APAC
2009 Associate Director, Modern Retail/Emerging Channel,
2008 Group Manager, Team Leader, Multiples, Ireland
2007 Group Manager, MS&P, Baby, Fem & Snacks, Ireland
2005 Account Executive, Beauty & Paper, Tesco Ireland
2003 District Manager, West India
2002 Project Manager, Hair Care, India
2001 Key Account Manager, Mumbai, India
2000 Key Account Manager, South Maharashtra, Pune,
1999 Key Account Manager, South Karnataka,
Representative Director / HP Printing Korea
Jim Nottingham is chief executive officer and Representative Director of HP Printing Korea Co., Ltd. (HPPK), which includes all print businesses HP acquired from Samsung in 2017. As RD, Jim is responsible for all HPPK operations, for continuing its growth as a world leader in print products and print-related R&D, and for driving its improvement in product quality, innovation, and customer experience.
Jim joined HP’s Boise Printer Division in 1992 after graduating from Utah State University with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. Early in his career at HP Jim worked as an R&D engineer and architect. In 1997 he briefly left HP to join a startup company, In System Design, serving in multiple capacities. He returned to HP in 2000 as an R&D manager while finishing a Master’s degree in Technology Management. Before his current role, Jim was general manager of the Value LaserJet Business, Director and then VP of R&D for LaserJet development, and Global Head of HP’s OPS Development & Technology Business, responsible for all HP LaserJet product and technology development and for quality and product reliability.
Jim and his wife Sherry have three children, Jessica, Tori, and Kyle, and seven grandchildren. The family enjoys biking, golfing, skiing, and spending time together.
Country Manager / Pfizer Korea
Dong-Wook (Dave) Oh is Country Manager, Pfizer Korea. He is also the Vice-Chair of KRPIA*, the Vice-Chair of KCMC**, and a member of the BOG of AMCHAM***. He served as Asia Country Cluster Lead of Vaccines BU (Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Pakistan) after joining Pfizer Korea as a Specialty Care BU Head in Feb 2010. In his role, he implemented the Pfizer-Wyeth integration successfully and built organization with strong business capability and good talents. Prior to joining Pfizer, he held various positions at Wyeth as Biopharma BU Director and AstraZeneca as Specialty Care BU Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Marketing Manager in Singapore. He also worked for MSD Korea as District Sales Manager, Product Manager and Hanil Pharm as Senior Researcher.
He obtained a BA in Pharmacy from Sahmyook University and a master’s degree in Pharmacy from Seoul National University.
*Vice-Chair, Korean Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry Association
**Vice-Chair, Korean CEO’s Association of Multinational Corporations
***Board of Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea
President/ Country Manager, Korea / Harman International Korea, Inc.
Jim has amassed nearly 30 years in the auto industry. Prior to joining HARMAN, Jim founded the auto industry advisory and consultancy firm, Global Auto Systems, working on various mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, forecasting, and strategic services for its clients.
At Hyundai, Jim led the product planning and corporate strategy for the company in North America. At Chrysler, Jim held positions in JV program management, international product planning and business development.
Jim is married and has two sons in college.
CEO / Citibank Korea Inc.
Jin-Hei Park was appointed as CEO of Citibank Korea Inc. and Citi Country Officer (CCO) for Korea on October 27, 2014.
He is a banker with 34 years of experience in Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance and Markets businesses. He was Head of ICG Korea, overseeing Corporate and Commercial Banking, Transaction Services and Securities Businesses in Korea. He was a member of Asia Corporate Banking Operating Committee. He was COO for Citibank Korea from 2004 to 2007. Prior to this, he was CFO and Treasurer of KorAm Bank. Jin-Hei started his banking career with Citi in Seoul in 1984 and has served as Country Treasurer until 2000.
He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA in International Economics from Seoul National University.
General Manager / WeWork Korea
Matt currently serves as General Manager of South Korea where he manages WeWork’s operations, community and sales. His responsibilities include growing the team and location portfolio, developing partnerships and growth opportunities, and ensuring the continuity of WeWork’s unique culture, product and community across the country.
Before assuming this role, Shampine served as Managing Director, Head of Sales and Marketing, APAC where he opened new markets including Korea, China, Hong Kong and Australia. Prior to moving to Asia, he focused on expanding WeWork’s service and partnership platform as VP of Business Development. Additionally, Shampine co-founded WeWork Labs in 2011, WeWork’s incubator for early-stage companies that has supported thousands of early-stage entrepreneurs.
Shampine initially joined WeWork as a founding member at the company’s first location in 2010 with a digital agency that he co-founded, Simande. Shampine also co-founded Onepager, a seed funded growth platform for small businesses, and We Are NY Tech, an online editorial sharing the stories of hundreds of New York City based startup founders. Prior to entering the startup world, he was a Senior Web Developer at Mercedes-Benz USA and ran for public office in New Jersey in 2007.
Shampine recently served as an advisor to Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, an early stage technology accelerator based in NYC, and the non-profit KSE (Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs) organized to catalyze Korean and Korean-American entrepreneurship through community and resources. He is an active angel investor and advisor to a number of successful startups in both Korea and the United States. Shampine was born in South Korea and adopted to the US at a young age. In 2007, he was reunited with his birth family in Seoul and today maintains a close relationship with both his biological and adopted families. Shampine graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from The College of New Jersey and attended graduate school at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
General Manager / Grand Hyatt Seoul
Mr. Slater began his career with Hyatt in January 1987 at the Hyatt Regency Auckland. From there he embarked on a career progression in Food and Beverage working in such locations as Hyatt Regency Dubai, Hyatt Regency Perth, Hyatt Regency Saipan and Hyatt Regency Guam over the course of 30 years. He was also part of the opening team at Hyatt Regency Incheon, directing the new hotel’s F&B operations during its initial startup. From there Mr. Slater moved into general management, serving as General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Jeju and Park Hyatt Seoul. In 2009, he was awarded Honorary Citizen of Seoul status, in recognition of his contributions to the city.
After postings in three of Hyatt’s four Korea properties, Mr. Slater was transferred to the Park Hyatt Dubai as General Manager where he has served up until his return to Korea as a General Manager of Grand Hyatt Seoul.
President & CEO / GE Healthcare Korea
Francis Van Parys is the President and CEO of GE Healthcare Korea. In this role, he is responsible for helping provide transformational medical technologies and solutions to the healthcare industry in Korea, from diagnostic imaging, monitoring and digital solutions through to molecular diagnostics and life-sciences.
With his nearly 17 years of experience in GE Healthcare and GE Industrial Solutions businesses, Francis is an experienced global executive who served in a number of General Management roles in GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences business before joining GE Healthcare Korea.
Francis joined GE Healthcare Life Sciences in 2009 as GM for Commercial Operations in EMEA and was later appointed as Global Product GM, Research and Applied Markets, responsible for GE Life Sciences’ consumables and hardware portfolio. He then became Global Commercial GM for Cell Culture in 2016.
Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Francis started his career in GE's sales leadership program in 2001 and had early-career assignments in Belgium and Germany in GE Industrial Solutions. Off-program he became a certified six sigma commercial Black Belt. In 2005 he was appointed Sales Manager for GE Industrial Solutions in Belgium, until he was named to the position of EMEA Marketing Director in 2007.
Francis graduated from the University of Ghent in Belgium with a Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Polymer Technology from UMIST in Manchester, U.K. Francis lives in Seoul, Korea, with his wife and two sons.
Area Managing Director, North Asia / Johnson & Johnson Medical Korea Ltd.
Mr. Byung Jae Yoo is Area Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, North Asia. Prior to this assignment he held the position of Senior Director responsible for Biosense Webster (BW) Strategic Marketing in the Asia Pacific region. He has more than 15 years of commercial expertise built locally and internationally in the Medical Devices and Consumer goods industries.
Byung Jae joined Johnson & Johnson in 2006 through the International Recruitment and Development Program (IRDP) having completed his MBA at Harvard Business School. Following rotations with Johnson & Johnson North America Endovascular team, DePuy Orthopedics in the UK and DePuy Australia, he returned to Seoul and progressed to leading the Cardiovascular Care business unit across North Asia. Under his leadership, Byung Jae has represented the needs of our regional customers and patients as a member of the BW global marketing team and has led insight driven strategy development and execution that resulted in outstanding and growth rates across all markets.
Byung Jae will partner with critical internal and external stakeholders in delivering innovative solutions to support providers and policy makers to reach more patients with improved healthcare outcome. He will also continue to drive a strong talent development agenda, creating opportunities that continue to elevate leadership capabilities of all employees to contribute to healthcare industry and North Asia society.
Country Manager, Korea & Mongolia / Visa International Asia Pacific Korea Ltd.
■ Professional Experience:
- Country Manager, Visa Korea & Mongolia (Present)
- Country Head of Retail Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Korea (2013-2018)
- Head of Group Chief Executive Office, Standard Chartered PLC UK (2011-2013)
- MD, Group Strategy and Business Development, Standard Chartered Singapore (2008-2011)
- Country Head, SME Banking, Standard Chartered Taiwan (2007-2008)
- Senior Manager, Group New Ventures, Standard Chartered Singapore (2005-2007)
- CEO, STC English Ideas (1999-2004)
- Investment Banking Associate, Morgan Stanley (1997-1999)
- MBA, Columbia Business School (2003-2005)
- MBA, London Business School (2003 -2005)
- Mater of International Management, University of Southern California (2001-2002)
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs / U.S. Embassy
Greg Briscoe is the Senior Commercial Officer in Seoul, Korea where he directs the U.S. Embassy’s export and investment promotion initiatives. Greg is excited about the opportunities for U.S. firms and localities in Korea and sees commercial work playing a critical role in bridging gaps and leading to stabilization in the region.
Prior to Seoul, Greg spent three years in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel as the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy, now in Jerusalem. He focused his team on IT, smart cities, aerospace, life sciences and Israel’s innovation ecosystem. Additionally, Greg oversaw U.S. Government commercial engagement in the West Bank and Gaza via his team at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.
Before Tel Aviv, Greg spent six years in Tokyo, Japan where he led Embassy efforts in investment promotion and commercial advocacy and promotion initiatives in energy, environmental services, aerospace, defense, and transportation. Greg also focused on promoting greater access to Japan's large basic industry markets, working directly with Japanese Government officials to ensure a fair playing field for U.S. companies.
Prior to Tokyo, Greg spent two years in Memphis, Tennessee working directly with FedEx Corporation to assist U.S. small- and medium-sized exporters, serving as the Commercial Service’s primary contact on events and communications under the FedEx corporate partnership program. Greg’s efforts saw increasing numbers of FedEx clients taking advantage of Commercial Service expertise and assistance and, as result, expanding their export profiles.
Greg has also served in Paris, France and a previous tour in Tokyo.
Greg received his BA in International Relations from Brigham Young University and an MBA from George Washington University. He is married and has four children.
Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs / U.S. Embassy
Pushpinder Dhillon joined the U.S. mission in Seoul on September 16. He transferred from Nairobi, where he was economic counselor in 2015-2018 at the largest U.S. mission in Africa. As political and economic counselor in Dhaka in 2011-2015, he helped the Ambassador managing a bilateral relationship through a difficult period of political violence and increasing radicalism. Pushpinder also served as political officer in New Delhi, supervising coverage of Kashmir and domestic political affairs. An economic cone officer, Pushpinder has previously served in Kabul, Berlin, and Bridgetown. He has worked in Washington as desk officer for Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs (2000-2002) and as multilateral trade officer in the Economic and Business Affairs bureau (1996-1998). He also had assignments as special assistant for the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and the Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs.
Pushpinder and his wife Kushal have two daughters, Mia and Anjali. He attended the University of Chicago, and speaks German and several South Asian languages.
CEO / SIFC Property Korea YH (SPK)
A Subsidiary of Brookfield BSREP Ⅱ
Mr. Kwon is the Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of SIFC Property Korea YH (SPK), and is responsible for the overall operation of the IFC Seoul Project. Mr. Kwon took office as the CEO of SPK in November 2006 when IFC Seoul was sold to Brookfield.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of SPK, He was Chief Operation Officer / Chief Financial Officer of AIG Real Estate Korea, which is the Asset Manager of IFC Seoul from the beginning of the IFC Seoul Project to the sale to Brookfield. Before then, He has worked as CFO at Carrier Korea, a subsidiary of the United Technologies Corp., and Toshiba Carrier Corp. in Thailand. Also he has experience in SK Global America INC., and Coopers & Lybrands (currently PWC) in New York.
Mr. Kwon received a bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York at Baruch, and an EMBA from Helsinki Business School. Mr. Kwon is a Certified Public Accountant and belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Country Manager/Country General Counsel / Dow Chemical Korea, Ltd
Andrew Ryu joined the Dow Asia Pacific Legal Team in 2013 and currently serves as the Country Manager for Dow Chemical Korea Ltd. as well as the Country General Counsel.
Prior to joining Dow Korea, Andrew worked at Oracle Korea, Ltd. where he was the Senior Director of Contracts & Business Practices Section. And, prior to Oracle Korea, Andrew was in private practice from 1999 to 2010 with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York and with Lee International IP & Law Group and Woo, Yun, Kang, Jeong & Han in Seoul. He also worked in-house from 1991 to 1999 as Legal Officer of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and as Legal Counsel & Executive Vice President of Red Line Products, Inc. in New Jersey.
Andrew earned his B.S. from New York University Stern School of Business where he majored in Economics and International Business, his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law.
He is a member of the New York, New Jersey and D.C. Bars and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of International Trade.