Chairman & CEO
Kim & Chang
Partners for the Future Foundation
FedEx Express, Korea
3M Korea Ltd.
Senior VP, 3M Asia Corporate Affairs and MD
Northrop Grumman Korea YCH
Chief Executive & President
Qualcomm Korea YH
VP & President
McKinsey & Company
Managing Partner Korea
Stellantis Korea Ltd.
Amway Korea Limited
Korea President, Representative Director
INSPIRE Entertainment Resort
CEO & RD
Coca-Cola Korea Company, Ltd.
Subway International B.V.
Delta Air Lines
Vice President – Asia Pacific
Seoul Foreign School
Head of School
The Walt Disney Company
President, CEO & Chairman
Weber Shandwick Korea
CEO, Asia Pacific
President & CEO
Lockheed Martin Global, Inc. - Korea
Vice President, Korea, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Applied Materials Korea
CVP & President
Procter & Gamble Korea
Korea P&G Senior Vice President
Country Manager & General Counsel
Area Vice President, General Manager of Grand Hyatt Seoul
MetLife Insurance Company of Korea, Ltd.
AIG Korea Inc.
President & CEO
Almonty Industries Inc.
Citibank Korea Inc.
Hawaiian Airlines Inc.
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs
Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs
U.S. Embassy / Chargé d’Affaires ad interim
Christopher Del Corso is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. He assumed his current position as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at U.S. Embassy Seoul on July 16, 2021. Prior to this posting, Mr. Del Corso served in Washington, DC as the Executive Director for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and before that was the Minister Counselor for Management Affairs and acting Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Seoul.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Del Corso holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester and master’s degrees from State University of New York @ Albany, Thunderbird – American Graduate School of International Management, and the National War College. He is married to Ms. Caroline Chung, a Foreign Commercial Service Officer, and has two children.
Chairman & CEO
AMCHAM Korea / Chairman & CEO
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 also serves as Independent Outside Director of Almonty Industries (TSX: ALMTF) as well as Advisor to ICONLOOP, a leading blockchain enterprise technology company based in South Korea. Mr. Kim appears in major Korean and global media as an expert in Korea and US dynamics.
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
Kim & Chang / Foreign Attorney
Partners for the Future Foundation / Chairman
Jeffrey D. Jones has been with Kim & Chang since 1980. He started practicing law in 1978 with Baker & McKenzie in their Chicago and Tokyo offices.
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. Mr. Jones provides advice and assistance to several NGOs and he is currently a board member of Korea Green Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation. Mr. Jones was appointed by President Roh Moo Hyun to be a member of the Regulatory Reform Commission. For his service to the Korean economy, Mr. Jones was awarded the Bronze Tower of Industrial Merit by President Kim Dae Jung.
FedEx Express, Korea / Managing Director
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.
Chae also has extensive experience serving as Vice-chair and Women’s Leadership Committee at American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, and as Logistic Committee Vice chair at Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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.
3M Korea Ltd. / Senior VP, 3M Asia Corporate Affairs and MD
Senior Vice President, 3M Asia Corporate Affairs and Managing Director, 3M Korea
Vice President, Commercialization, Consumer Business Group, St. Paul
Director, U.S. Sales and Marketing, Automotive Aftermarket Division, St. Paul
Vice President and General Manager, Personal Care Division, St. Paul
Global Sales and Marketing Director, Personal Care Division, St. Paul
Business Director, Consumer and Office Business, Europe/Middle East and Africa, Brussels
Managing Director, 3M Greece
Business Manager, Foam Tapes, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, St. Paul
|Six Sigma Black Belt, Bonding Systems Division, St. Paul|
Marketing Supervisor, Converter Specialties, St. Paul
Account Representative, Specialty Converting, Detroit, Michigan
Sales Representative, Identification and Converter Systems Division, Rochester, N.Y.
Product Development Engineer, Specialty Marking Systems Project, St. Paul
Technical Service Engineer, Traffic Control Materials Division, St. Paul
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, 1987
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. - Master of Business Administration, 1993
Affiliations: Business, Professional and Civic Organizations
Board Member, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, MN
Vice Chair & Board of Directors, AMCHAM Korea
Board of Directors, US-ASEAN Business Council
Northrop Grumman Korea YCH / Chief Executive & President
Qualcomm Korea YH / VP & President
O.H. (Oh Hyung) Kwon is vice president and president of Qualcomm Korea YH. In this role, O.H. has an overall responsibility for Qualcomm Korea operations, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) Korea, and Qualcomm Korea RFFE.
Kwon joined Qualcomm in 2007 as a regional sales manager for Korea. In 2012, Kwon moved to QCT Korea and served as senior director of Mobile and IoT Sales, and most recently as vice president of Sales. During his tenure at Qualcomm, he was instrumental in leading a strong engagement with key OEMs, driving new business opportunities and establishing excellent sales track record with his team.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Kwon was the handset vendor manager at Sprint Nextel, managing handset OEM relationships and device certification and commercial launch processes. Kwon’s 26 years of experience as an international OEM sales expert include positions as VP & GM for the U.S. and Latin America at Yiso/Growell and as overseas sales manager for LG Electronics for the U.S. and Japan.
Kwon holds an MBA with a focus on technology management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
Chief Compliance Officer
Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers / Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company / Managing Partner Korea
André Andonian is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. He is the Managing Partner of McKinsey Korea and a core member of McKinsey’s Asia Leadership Team. He is a long-term member of McKinsey’s Shareholder’s Council, which is the highest decision body of McKinsey and effectively functions as its Board of Directors in setting strategic direction and policies. In his 32 years of his McKinsey career he has been based also in Munich, Silicon Valley, New York and Tokyo in numerous leadership roles such as Managing Partner of McKinsey Japan, Global and Americas Leader of McKinsey’s Advanced Industries Sector, which comprises the Automotive & Assembly, Advanced Electronics, Semiconductors and Aerospace & Defense Industries, Leader of McKinsey’s EMEA High Tech Sector and Innovation and Technology Management Practice. He serves clients in all these fields, spanning all parts of the globe.
André holds extensive additional senior leadership roles in support of McKinsey’s growth, people and knowledge development. He shapes and oversees capability building for McKinsey senior consultants and also supports the development of new CEOs in his role as co-Dean of McKinsey’s Bower Forum. He is also a long-term member of McKinsey’s Firm-wide personnel committees, most recently the Senior Partner Committee that evaluates Senior Partners. He is also the Dean of the coveted learning program for Senior Partners on how to become effective Client Service Team Leaders.
Prior to joining McKinsey in 1988, André worked in sales, marketing, customer service and engineering for Masco Corporation in the US and at IBM Europe and Asia. He received an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School of Business where he was a Fulbright Scholar as well as an MA with distinction in economics as well as a BSc in engineering from universities in his home town of Vienna, Austria.
In his free time, André pursues his passion to help Armenians around the world in different capacities, e.g. as a founding Member of both the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia chaired by Armenia’s Prime Minister and Armenia 2020, a global think-tank, and most recently as Board Member of FAST (The Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology).
André is also an avid marathon runner and long-distance triathlete, regularly participating in competitive events around the globe.
Stellantis Korea Ltd. / MD
Jake Aumann was first inaugurated as Managing Director of FCA Korea Ltd. in August 2020 and oversees and manages the overall operations including sales and services of the Jeep brand in Korea.
*Product service management for Fiat, Chrysler, and Dodge included.
Jake joins FCA Korea having led Alfa Romeo successfully in China as Managing Director for the past two years.
Jake has had a long and extensive career with FCA since joining the business in 1999. Throughout his career, Jake has accrued a wealth of experience in general management, change management, marketing, sales, and network development. Jake has worked in Asia for over seven years and previously held responsibility for sales and marketing in key markets: South Korea, Japan, India, and Australia.
Jake holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville an MBA from Michigan State University.
Furthermore, Jake was appointed the director of the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA) as of October 2020.
- Managing Director of FCA Korea Ltd., Director of Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (2020~ )
- Board of Governors, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (2020~)
- Managing Director of Alfa Romeo China (2018~2020)
- Head of APAC Network Development (2017~2018)
- Head of APAC General Distributors (2016~2018)
- Head of Marketing - APAC (2015~2018)
- Head of Sales - APAC (2013~2018)
- Managing Director of ASEAN General Distributors (2013~2015)
- Director of Sales Planning & Incentives – Auburn Hills, MI (2009~2013)
- Sales Dealer Operations Manager – Greater New York City Area (2008~2009)
- Dodge Marketing Manager (2007~2008)
- Dealer Network Administration Manager – Greater New York City Area (2006~2007)
- District Manager – various locations in New York and New Jersey (2000~2006)
- Senior Staff Agent – Great Detroit Area (1999~2000)
Amway Korea Limited / Korea President, Representative Director
Su-Jung Bae is Korea President and Representative Director of Amway Korea, one of Amway’s strongest, most successful markets boasting 12 years of consecutive growth from 2007 to 2018. Prior to being appointed as Representative Director in 2019, Ms. Bae served as Amway’s Global Chief Marketing Officer from 2015.
Born and raised in Korea, Ms. Bae joined Amway Korea in 1995 as a Nutrilite supplement marketer and was later promoted to the position of director in 2006. As the Chief Marketing Officer, she delivered insight-driven product innovation and many successful go-to-market strategies working across numerous functions.
With Ms. Bae as the Representative Director, Amway Korea, the 3rd biggest market in terms of sales, has seen key initiatives for sustainable growth drastically accelerated, under the umbrella theme of ‘winning formula’.
In line with the ‘A70’ momentum, a long-term based future growth blueprint of Amway global, digital transformation of Amway Korea has also taken big steps forward under Ms. Bae’s leadership. Starting with social commerce platform establishment including collaborative project with Kakao, a major IT/mobile/platform business giant in Korea, the scope of customer experiences has been diversified, especially considering the rapidly reshaping business environment (the proportion of online shopping takes up 80% for Amway Korea, including 60% of transactions from mobile devices), to successfully modernized direct selling business to better suit the customers’ needs which is always evolving.
Enhancing the corporate culture of Amway Korea is also one of the key initiatives that has been brought on by Ms. Bae in order to create a more favorable working environment. She has implemented Culture Lab, a volunteer TF from different functions that drives ‘bottom-up movement’, to assess & analyze pain points to suggest constructive changes into the organization.
She is also committed to seeking mutual growth for Amway Korea with the local economy by partnering with SMEs via diverse potential opportunities. Creating independent functions to navigate its possibilities of collaborative businesses, under the name of ‘Season On’, she has been expanding the Corporate Shared Value projects of Amway Korea.
During her years as Chief Brand and Marketing Officer of Amway Global for the past five years, she managed well over 1,300 staff members across 57 countries whilst successfully leading the global strategy and execution of category marketing for Nutrition, Beauty, and Home brands, focusing on both global-wide consistent practices and localized strategy to specifically meet respective circumstances and characteristics of each of the markets, creating lifetime values for customers.
Another notable contribution to Amway is Ms. Bae’s success with Nutrilite, the nutrition and health supplement food brand of Amway, of which she has taken the lead in bringing to the first place in its category worldwide. She also successfully managed to increase the brand awareness and popularity of Artistry, Amway’s skincare & cosmetics brand, based on her extensive brand experience platforms including the sponsorship of BIFF (Busan International Film Festival).
Ms. Bae also brought forth the success of CBP (Community Based Program) within beauty, nutrition and weight management categories, leveraging omni channels, showcasing an advanced branding strategy based on customer experiences.
Ms. Bae holds a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and an MBA from Korea University. She also received a doctorate in Business Administration focused on Marketing and International Business from Yonsei University.
INSPIRE Entertainment Resort / CEO & RD
30+ years career in Hospitality & Resort Industry (incl. 15+ yrs in the Asian Gaming Market/IR)
● CEO at Inspire Integrated Entertainment Resort, Incheon, Korea (2018.2 - present)
● Senior Vice President of Operations at Cotai & Grand Lisboa, Macao (2013 – 2018.2)
● Vice President of Plaza & Paiza Operations at Sands Macao, Macao (2008 – 2013)
● Vice President of Operations at Sands Macao, Macao (2004 – 2007)
● Director of Food and Beverage at the Venetian Resort, Las Vegas, U.S. (2000 – 2004)
● Exec. Assistant GM / Director of F&B, at Onward Beach Resort, Guam, U.S. (1993 – 1999)
● F&B operations (Assistant F&B Manager, Corp. Management Trainee, Sous Chef) at Hilton International. (1987 – 1992), Switzerland (1983-1986)
Upon joining Inspire Korea in 2018, Mr. Andrew David Billany is leading a large-scale IR (Integrated Resort) development project underway in S. Korea as the CEO and Representative Director of the Company.
With over 30 years of experience in the global hospitality and gaming industry across diverse locales that include Switzerland, Guam, Las Vegas, Japan and Macao, Mr. Billany is a multi-faceted IR professional bringing his extensive track record of major facility openings, renovations, and turnarounds to bear on the INSPIRE Project.
In particular, Mr. Billany has had the unique opportunity to be trained and mentored by many renowned IR industry leaders, meaning he has a world of insight and in-depth knowledge to offer as he spearheads the development of a new Integrated Resort on Yeongjong Island, poised to become a true destination resort in Asia with a comprehensive array of attractions & entertainment offerings to drive both local and international visitation.
INSPIRE Entertainment Resort, Korea is designed to be the first integrated entertainment resort (including a foreigner-only casino) in Northeast Asia, encompassing 3 hotel towers, unique F&B and retail curations, a 15,000-seat arena, MICE facility and entertainment offerings spread over a site adjacent to the Incheon International Airport.
Coca-Cola Korea Company, Ltd. / General Manager
Su Chong Choi is General Manager of Coca-Cola Korea. Her previous role was the marketing director for the Coca-Cola Korea company since 2013. In Coca-Cola Korea, Su has held various brand/category roles within the marketing team, since joining the company in 2005. Prior to the
Coca-Cola company, she has worked in Mars for 5 years in brand marketing. She also has experience in working in Samsung America, Los Angeles in 1999. Su holds a BA from UCLA(University of California, Los Angeles), with double major in Political Science and International Relations.
Subway International B.V. / Country Director
Subway — Seoul, South Korea
Country Director: South Korea Business Unit
• Led South Korea Business Unit, consisting of Korea, Taiwan, Guam, and Saipan. 580+ stores, US $300 million+ total sales
• Grew Korea from 35 stores in 2007 to current 440+ locations in Korea
• Consistently grew South Korea business unit by double-digits for 10 years
• Franchisee for 7 Subway Store location in Seoul, South Korea
• Fastest growing Subway business unit in 2020, despite COVID-19, the fastest growing, large Subway market (100+ stores) for 5 years straight
• First country in Asia to introduce Subway’s new Décor, launch Drive Thru, launch 24 Hour stores, highest % of sales for delivery in APAC region
• Pioneered larger Subway store concept, led to highest same-store sales of any Subway market worldwide
• Featured in various publications, including New York Times for Subway Korea’s innovative Korean Drama Product Placement Strategy to grow grand awareness in Korea
June 2007 - Present
LG Electronics — Seoul, South Korea
HR Team-Assistant Manager
• Helped operate major company events for executive training, including planning and operating annual strategy meeting for all 250 executives in LG
• Supported HR functions in overseas subsidiaries. Conducted many overseas training sessions for employees on change management
• Published weekly newsletter sent to all 60,000 LG Employees, and published a company book on the CEO’s management philosophy.
May 2004 -
BYU Marriott School of Management—Provo, Utah
Bachelor of Science in Management - April 2004
• Korean minor
1997 - 2004
Fluent in Korean. Studied for 17 years (in university and in fast-paced, detailed business settings in Korea), excellent interpretation and translation skills
Excellent cultural knowledge of Asia based on many years of interaction and work with suppliers, partner companies, and developers throughout the Asia region
Interests include backpacking, hiking, skiing, and reading
Delta Air Lines / Vice President – Asia Pacific
Matteo Curcio is Vice President – Asia Pacific for Delta Air Lines, leading Delta’s overall business strategy planning and execution across the APAC region, including Korea, Greater China and Japan. Based in Delta’s regional Seoul headquarter, he also oversees Delta’s trans-Pacific joint venture with Korean Air, now entering its 4th year since launching in Summer 2018.
Prior to his current position, Matteo served as Managing Director – Asia Pacific Strategy and Market Development where he spent more than seven years leading Delta’s transformation in the APAC region, including a significant expansion of Delta’s trans-Pacific network and the successful execution of Delta’s strategic partnerships with China Eastern Airlines and Korean Air.
Matteo joined Delta as General Manager of trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific Network Planning, leading Delta’s unparalleled expansion in Europe, Africa and the Middle East during 2006-2008. Then, he served as Director of Alliance Strategies where he held key responsibilities in the development of Delta’s Joint Venture with Air France-KLM, as well as the implementation of many strategic bilateral partnerships with other carriers.
Matteo began his career with KPMG Consulting in Rome, Italy, as a Business Strategy Consultant, where he led various business plans and restructuring projects in the transportation industry. Post KPMG Matteo moved to Alitalia S.p.A., where he held positions with increasing responsibilities in Network Planning, Revenue Management and Corporate Strategy.
Originally from Naples, Italy, Matteo has a B.A. in Economics from the Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
Seoul Foreign School / Head of School
Colm Flanagan has worked in education for more than 30 years and has a wife and two sons. 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.
Morgan Stanley / CEO Korea
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 and worked in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.
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 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.
PERSOLKELLY APAC / Managing Director
With more than 18 years of experience in the business of HR service 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 and 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 in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, India, UK, US and Korea.
YouMe is successfully leading PERSOLKELLY, Ltd. As Asia's No.1 HR solutions provider, she gives global standard insights in recruiting, human resources management to C-suites and HRBPs in uncertain Korean business and human resources environment.
Facebook Korea / Country Director
Starting his career as the head of international product management at Google, Jung built on his experience in the IT platform industry before joining SK Group’s e-commerce business unit, SK Planet, and its U.S. business in 2012. Before joining Facebook, Jung also spent three years as the chief business officer at Naver-owned mobile messenger Line, where he grew its business-to-business division up to billions of dollars.
The Walt Disney Company / President, APAC
Luke Kang is currently President of The Walt Disney Company in Asia Pacific, with direct responsibility for media networks, direct-to-consumer offerings including Disney+, media distribution and motion picture businesses in Greater China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
A veteran in the media & entertainment industry, Luke has held various senior roles at Viacom/MTV Networks Asia Pacific and digital media startups in Silicon Valley and Asia prior to joining Disney. Previous to this, he was with The Monitor Group as a management consultant as well as The Ministry of Finance & Economy of the Republic of Korea. Luke holds a M.S. in Management as a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan.
GM Korea / President, CEO & Chairman
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.
Weber Shandwick Korea / CEO, Asia Pacific
Tyler has close to 3 decades of experience in the business of strategic communications. He has counseled a wide range of senior executives of multinational corporations, providing them with strategies for a broad array of initiatives, including market entry, corporate positioning, crisis & Issues management, labor issues counsel and marketing communications.
After series of top positions in both multinational and Korean firms, Tyler launched Weber Shandwick in Korea in late 2009. Under his management and leadership, the office doubled in its size in the first year while exceeding 60% growth in the following years. The office now has over 80 staff and is considered one of the region's most extensive operations.
Prior to his current position, Tyler managed Edelman Korea's office for almost 3 years as managing director. Under his leadership, the office was considered as most profitable market in Asia Pacific. In 2008, the firm was chosen as the Agency of the Year by Korea Public Relations Association. Before he joined Edelman, Tyler co-founded an agency and managed it for ten years.
An experienced entrepreneur, Tyler is active in the Korean business community. He previously held the American Chamber of Commerce's co-chair position in the Marketing and Communications committee and is currently part of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's advisory council.
Tyler graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.
GE Korea / President & CEO
Youngje Kim was appointed as President and CEO of GE Korea in July 2021. In this role, Youngje is responsible for formulating and executing GE wide country strategy and leading 1,300+ employees in GE Korea’s Aviation, Gas Power, Healthcare and Renewables businesses.
Youngje Kim also leads GE’s military engine business in the Indo Pacific region as Vice President of GE Aviation Military Systems. In this dual role, he leads the Indo Pacific team in penetrating and growing GE’s install base in the region.
Prior to his Indo Pacific leadership role, Youngje was Regional Vice President for the North Asia region for Aviation’s military engine business, covering Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam. From 2016 to 2018, he has taken key leadership roles in GE Aviation’s headquarter, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Commercial NPI Leader, Youngje has created new services products and as Restructuring leader, he has led complex commercial engine and services contract renegotiations with GE’s key customers.
Youngje joined GE in 2007 as Sales Manager for Korean military engine programs. Since then, his role has expanded to lead the international engine programs where he has won multiple campaigns valued more than 3B+ USD.
Youngje graduated from Syracuse University as University Scholar with B.S. in business, economy, and information science. He also received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Korea University. Prior to joining GE, he served in the Republic of Korea Air Force as maintenance engineering operations and interpretation officer.
Youngje is an active member of AMCHAM Korea, leading the Aerospace and Defense committee as a Co-chair. Youngje also holds several key positions in various Korean aerospace, propulsion and academic associations.
Lockheed Martin Global, Inc. - Korea / Vice President, Korea, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Robert Laing is Vice-President in the Republic of Korea for Lockheed Martin Global Business Development.
Applied Materials Korea / CVP & President
Mark Lee is a Corporate Vice President and Country President of Applied Materials Korea. In his role, Mark is responsible for executing and leading the company’s overall strategy for the region together with the critical customers and partners in Korea, and the 2,000+ employees at Applied Materials Korea. As Korea has become one of the most strategic regions in semiconductor technology, Mark is focused to ensure that Applied is playing a pivotal role in the evolution of materials engineering and shaping the future of the semiconductor industry in Korea.
Mark is an industry leader with over 20 years of semiconductor experience. He has been with Applied Materials since 2003 and has held various executive positions from Head of Global Business Management and Operations, Account General Manager, Global Business Development head, to most recently, Country President and General Manager for Korea. As one of the key executives in the global semiconductor industry, Mark has been instrumental in driving semiconductor equipment growth in Taiwan/US/Europe/Japan in the 2000s, Korea’s rapid development and expansion in the 2010s, and Applied’s executive owner for the Semi Product Group in the recent China semiconductor evolution.
Prior to Applied, Mark started his career as a United States Naval Officer after graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Upon fulfilling his 5-year military commitment as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer, his passion for engineering led him into the field of semiconductor technology. He held various leadership roles at Novellus systems (now Lam Research) in technology and product management in the US, Asia and Europe prior to joining Applied Materials.
Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world.
McDonald’s Korea / Managing Director
Antoni Martinez is the Managing Director of McDonald’s Korea, a position he has held since February 2020.
Antoni started his McDonald’s career in Victoria, Australia, in 2000 as a crew member, and joined McDonald’s in Melbourne as a Project Manager in 2008 after completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Deakin University. He is currently a Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Korea and on the Board of Governors for American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Korea.
Procter & Gamble Korea / Korea P&G Senior Vice President
Bachelor of Engineering, 95
M.B.A Marketing, 99
SP Jain Institue, Mumbai
Date Joined P&G
May 10th, 1999
Year Position Held
2018 Sr. Vice President , Korea; AMA Gender Equality Executive sponsor
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, India
1999 Key Account Manager, South Karnataka, Bangalore, India
An avid reader, Culinary enthusiast, Love dancing & watching/reading News, Traveling & discovering cultures & history.
Affiliations & Accolades:
• Serving as Board of Governor @ AMCHAM Korea, Co Chair ESG committee AMCHAM Korea, Member of board for USKBC, FIAC Seoul Metropolitan Government (Foreign Investment Advisory Council). I volunteer as a Troop leader for Overseas Girl Scouts Seoul chapter
• Recipient of Alumni Award for Corporate excellence, SPJIMR, India.
• Led P&G Asia Pacific Middle. East & Africa to win ACE award for women empowerment from U.S Department of State, 2019
• Recipient of Honorary Citizenship of Seoul, A prestigious award from Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea, 2020
• Winner of Commendation from Hon Prime Minister, Republic of Korea for Gender Equality, 2020
Pfizer Korea / Country Manager
*Chair, Korean Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry Association
**Chair, Korean CEO’s Association of Multinational Corporations
***Board of Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea
Dow Korea / Country Manager & General Counsel
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.
Hyatt / Area Vice President, General Manager of 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 in 2015 as a General Manager of Grand Hyatt Seoul.
MetLife Insurance Company of Korea, Ltd. / CEO
Young Rok Song is currently the Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Korea.
In October 2018, Young Rok was appointed as the Chairman of MetLife Korea Board of Directors and the Chairman of MetLife Korea Foundation in September 2018. He has held this position since September 2018 and he joined MetLife Korea as AVP & Finance Controller in March 2007.
Young Rok has over 20 years of insurance industry experience, beginning his career in 1993 as a pricing actuary at Kolon-MetLife after graduating from Seoul National University with a degree in Mathematics. Kolon-MetLife was a joint venture of MetLife with a local conglomerate established in 1989. The company turned into a wholly owned MetLife affiliate in 1998.
After spending two years in the joint venture, he worked for accounting firms including PwC and E&Y Korea. During the period, he participated in a number of financial activities for various industries ranging from banking, securities, insurance, manufacturing, retail and general services companies. His main areas in the consulting firms were on external audits, consulting, tax and transaction services.
Young Rok rejoined MetLife Korea in 2007, where he was responsible for managing statutory and US GAAP accounting and reporting, tax, internal controls and treasury. His role was expanded in 2012 to Finance Director & Controller, overseeing all of the actuarial and financial planning teams.
In February 2015, Young Rok was appointed as Head of Finance directly reporting to local Chief Operating Officer overseeing all the finance functions in Korea, and consequently in July 2016, he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in MetLife Korea.
He is a member of Certified Public Accountants of Korea and semi-Member of Korea Actuary Association.
AIG Korea Inc. / President & CEO
Ramzi Toubassy is President & CEO of AIG Korea. He has more than 24 years’ industry experience and has worked in various geographies across the United States, Middle East and Asia.
Ramzi began his career with AIG in 1996 as a Management Associate in New York, and over the next 14 years held senior leadership roles in agency distribution while based in Lebanon, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In 2009 he moved to AIA Korea as the Deputy General Manager & Director of Distribution. Following this Ramzi worked with AIA Vietnam and MetLife in Dubai and in 2014 became the CEO of AmMetLife Insurance Berhad, Malaysia. He rejoined AIG in April 2021.
Ramzi holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Relations from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Almonty Industries Inc. / President
As president of Almonty Korea Tungsten Corporation (AKTC), John Yi is responsible for the company’s overall business performance. With a proven track record complemented by his extensive experience in international business, business creation and capture, he is leading the AKTC team to achieve top-line business growth to meet the shareholders’ interest through focus on growth, enterprise collaboration and competitive advantage.
Before joining AKTC, John was president of Raytheon Korea, the international sales and marketing arm of Raytheon Company. Raytheon with 2020 sales of $31 billion and 70,000 employees worldwide, specializes in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world.
Prior to Raytheon, he 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. John Yi holds a 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.
Citibank Korea Inc. / CEO
Myung-Soon (MS) Yoo is Chief Executive Officer of Citibank Korea Inc. and Citi Country Officer for Korea since October 2020.
MS has been in the banking industry for more than 30 years and has extensive experience in working with institutional clients, including public sector clients. Prior to her current role, she was Head of Corporate Banking responsible for driving Institutional Client Group strategy by providing full spectrum of banking services leveraging Citi’s strong global platform and network.
MS started her career with Citi in Risk Management Group in 1987. She led the Multi National Company Subsidiary Group in 2002 and became Head of Global Transaction Services in 2009 at Citi Korea. She also worked at JP Morgan Chase Bank Seoul Branch as Branch Manager from 2014 till returning to Citi in 2015.
She holds MBA from Sogang University and a BA in English Education from Ewha Women’s University. She is married and has 2 daughters.
Hawaiian Airlines Inc. / Country Director
Soojin Yu is Country director - South Korea since January 2016. In this role, she oversees general management of Hawaiian’s commercial activities in South Korea.
Soojin has more than 30 years of experience in aviation, aeronautics, automobile and broadcast. Prior to joining Hawaiian airlines, she served as China business manager - Asia Pacific region for Renault Samsung Motors in South Korea, where she led new vehicle development projects and new business platform initiatives.
Previously, Soojin worked as the marketing and communications manager for Air France KLM, and also served as an interpreter for pilots and mechanics for Samsung Aerospace and Eurocopteur. She began her career working in foreign exchange at the Banque Indosuez in Seoul.
Born and raised in Busan, Soojin holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University in Seoul.
U.S. Embassy / Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs
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, Mr. Briscoe 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, Mr. Briscoe 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. Mr. Briscoe 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, Mr. Briscoe 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. Mr. Briscoe’s efforts saw increasing numbers of FedEx clients taking advantage of Commercial Service expertise and assistance and, as result, expanding their export profiles.
Mr. Briscoe has also served in Paris, France and a previous tour in Tokyo.
U.S. Embassy / Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs
Andrew recently arrived in Seoul following two years in Washington as the Deputy Director for the Office of Southern African Affairs. Prior to that, from 2016-2019, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi.
After serving his first tour in an economic/consular rotation at U.S. Embassy Bangkok from 2001-2003, he served as the economic/commercial officer at U.S. Embassy Kampala from 2003-2005. He served as the Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) officer in Hanoi from 2007-2010. Returning to Washington, he was the Indonesia Unit Chief from 2010-2012 before working until 2013 as a special assistant for Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. From 2013-2016, Andrew managed the economic section as counselor at U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur.
Andrew joined the Foreign Service in 2000 after practicing environmental law at a Washington D.C. law firm for nine years. He received his undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Costco Wholesale Korea Co., Ltd. / Country Manager
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.
Cytiva / Vice President Commercial, Asia-Pacific