Chairman & CEO
Kim & Chang
Partners for the Future Foundation
United Airlines, Inc.
FedEx Express, Korea
CEO & President
Inspire Integrated Resort
CEO, Representative Director
Seoul Foreign School
Head of School
Northrop Grumman Korea
Chief Executive & President
Kelly Services, Ltd
PERSOLKELLY Consulting APAC
President, CEO & Chairman
President & CEO
VP & President, Qualcomm Korea
Lockheed Martin International
ACE American Fire and Marine Insurance Company
Procter & Gamble Korea
Senior Vice President & CEO
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Korea Limited
Area Vice President – Korea, General Manager of Grand Hyatt Seoul
The Estée Lauder Companies Korea (ELCA Korea Ltd.)
Representative Director and General Manager
Johnson & Johnson Medical Korea Ltd.
Area Managing Director, North Asia
Visa International (Asia-Pacific) Korea
Country Manager, Korea & Mongolia
Hawaiian Airlines Inc.
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs
Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs
U.S. Embassy / U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
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
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 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
Kim & Chang / Foreign Attorney
Partners for the Future Foundation / Chairman
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.
Vice Chair & Former Chairman
United Airlines, Inc. / Country Manager-Korea
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.
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.
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.
Cigna Corporation / CEO & President
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.
Raytheon Technologies / President
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
Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers / Senior Partner
Henry An is a Senior Partner at Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers (“Samil PwC”), the Korean member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and currently serves as Strategy Leader and Inbound Leader.
Henry has accumulated nearly 25 years of experience providing various types of consulting services in the U.S. (Washington D.C. National Tax, Chicago, New York Metro) and Korea. He specializes in providing advice on complex business and tax issues.
As a transfer pricing specialist, Henry has prepared transfer pricing studies for the purposes of tax compliance, dispute resolution, tax planning and business restructuring. He has analyzed a full spectrum of transactions and advises multinational companies across a wide range of industries.
He has been selected for inclusion in Legal Media Group’s 'Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers' and 'Guide to the World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers' every year since 2004 and in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders every year since 2013. In 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020, he was selected for inclusion in the Legal Media Group’s 'Best of the Best' in the area of transfer pricing.
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 President’s Transition Committee. He also serves as Chief Compliance Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea and co-chairs the Taxation Committee.
Henry received a Bachelor of economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Master of 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.
Inspire Integrated Resort / CEO, Representative Director
30+ years career in Hospitality & Resort Industry (incl. 15+ yrs in the Asian Gaming Market/IR)
● CEO of 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 In Suite Dining/Pool & Hospitality suites/Beverage Ops 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, Guam, U.S. (1987 – 1992), Switzerland (1983-1986)
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, and Macao, Mr. Billany is a multi-faceted IR professional bringing his extensive track record of major facility openings, renovations and turnarounds to the table for the Inspire Project. Mr. Billany has had the unique opportunity to be trained and mentored by many renowned IR industry leaders. That means he has a world of insight and in-depth knowledge to offer as he spearheads the development of a new IR 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 success.
Inspire Korea is designed to be the first integrated entertainment resort (including a foreigner-only casino) in Northeast Asia, with the first phase construction budgeted at $1.6 Billion, encompassing 3 hotel towers, unique F&B and retail curations, a 15,000-seat indoor arena, MICE facility and entertainment offerings spread over a site adjacent to the Incheon International Airport.
Coca-Cola Korea / 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.
3M Korea / Managing Director
Date of birth
September 12, 1965
Place of birth
St. Paul, Minnesota
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities -- Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, 1987
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. -- Master of Business Administration, 1993
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, Mich.
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
Affiliations: Business, Professional and Civic Organizations
Board Member, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, MN
Seoul Foreign School / Head of 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.’
Northrop Grumman Korea / Chief Executive & President
Dong Ha is Chief Executive & President, Northrop Grumman South Korea. In this role, he is the company’s top executive in country and leads current programs, develops new strategies for further growth and responsible for coordinating all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s relationship with South Korea.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Colonel (retired) Dong Ha concluded over 27-year career with the U.S. Army as an foreign area officer (FAO) specialized in Korea affairs. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Chief, Joint U.S. Military Affairs Group-Korea (JUSMAG-K) from 2009-2014 overseeing military sales and defense security cooperation activities to the Republic of Korea. Dong Ha has extensive experience in Northeast Asia, having served for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, US-ROK Combined Forces Command, and the US Embassy, Seoul, Korea.
Dong Ha received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs (Asian Studies) from the Naval Postgraduate School. His military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Senior Overseas Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management Course. He was also the first Korean-American U.S. Military officer to be selected for a Senior Service College fellowship at the Korea National Defense University.
His numerous awards include the Order of National Security Merit (보국훈장) Samil from the President of the Republic of Korea for his lifetime service to Korea, Meritorious Service Medal from the Department of Defense, and the Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. State Department.
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.
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 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.
Kelly Services, Ltd / Managing Director
PERSOLKELLY Consulting APAC / Group Leader
YouMe heads Kelly Services, Ltd. (A PERSOLKELLY Company) in South Korea after successfully launching it in 2008.
With more than 15 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 Kelly Services, Ltd. (A PERSOLKELLY Company) as Asia's No.1 HR solutions provider for 5 years. She gives global standard insights in recruiting, human resources management to C-suites and HRBPs in uncertain Korean business and human resources environment.
She is also managing PERSOLKELLY Consulting APAC which is leading in HR systems design and implemention.
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.
GE Korea / President & CEO
Christopher Sung Wook Khang is President & CEO of GE in Korea. He is driving one GE initiative by closely working with all the business leaders in Korea to accelerate GE’s organic and inorganic growth, build compliance rigor, develop leadership capability and enhance GE’s
reputation in Korea.
Prior to the nomination as President and CEO of GE in Korea in Jan 1st, 2012, Mr. Khang has held several senior roles in Cisco over the years, with his most recent being the President of Cisco’s Enterprise and Commercial business in Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China in 2011. Earlier, he was Vice President of Asia region, covering Korea, Taiwan, ASEAN and Indochina. He also headed the North Asia Operations and Sales Operations in Asia Pacific. Before joining Cisco, he was General Manager, Enterprise Systems Group for Hewlett-Packard in Korea. Prior to HP’s merger with Compaq, he was Compaq’s Managing Director of Korean Operations and, before that , he served with Tandem Computers as Regional Managing Director for East Asia Operations based in Hong Kong. He started his career in the information technology industry with IBM in 1984.
Mr. Khang earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seoul National University and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. in the United States.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Khang and his wife have one son and one daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, skiing and various outdoor activities.
Qualcomm / VP & President, Qualcomm Korea
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 24 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.
Lockheed Martin International / Vice President
Robert Laing is Vice-President in the Republic of Korea for Lockheed Martin International. In this role, Mr. Laing is Lockheed Martin’s executive representative and is responsible for the leadership, strategy and development of the corporations’ business in the Republic of Korea as of 1 October 2019. He also leads a variety of international business development activities and serves as the executive custodian of the corporations’ relationships with customers, government representatives, industry peers, and stakeholders.
Immediately prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Laing was the Director for International Business Development in the Indo-Pacific for the corporations’ Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business area. Based in Singapore, his remit included North Asia, South Asia and
With over 25 years of aerospace and defense industry experience in Asia, Robert has held roles of increasing responsibility since joining Lockheed Martin in 2005. His first role was with the Corporate International Business Development team for Southeast Asia, based out of Singapore. He was thereafter named Country Executive for Indonesia in January 2012 and was based in Jakarta, before assuming his position with RMS for Indo-Pacific in November 2014.
Mr. Laing began his career as a business development manager and senior systems engineer at CANAC/Microtel in Canada, before moving to Hong Kong where he established a consulting firm, Gryphon Cypher, and consulted with a large number of government and defense industry clients.
Mr. Laing graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science
in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer (APEGBC).
ACE American Fire and Marine Insurance Company / Country President
Edward Ler is the Country President of ACE American Fire and Marine Company Korea, A Chubb Company from March 1st 2018.
Prior to the appointment of Edward Ler as the new Country President for Chubb’s general insurance operation in Korea, he was Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Personal Lines, Asia Pacific. He was responsible for the management and development of the automobile, residential, specialty personal lines and high net worth insurance businesses in the region. The business encompasses Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mr. Ler’s career in the insurance industry spans a variety of managerial roles covering the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and European markets. He concurrently held the post of President Director for hubb’s general insurance operations in Indonesia for two years before relinquishing the role in May 2016.
Prior to joining Chubb, Mr. Ler worked in the RSA Group as the Regional Director for Underwriting, Claims and Reinsurance with responsibility across personal lines, commercial and corporate business segments in Asia. While at RSA, he was also the Regional Commercial Lines Director for Asia and the Middle East accountable for developing small commercial and middle market strategies and business propositions.
Mr. Ler began his career as a regional underwriter based in the Asia Pacific branch of the European insurer, Allianz. During his ten-year stint with Allianz, he was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility; in Munich, Germany to manage a global underwriting mandate for a business line and later in Dublin, Ireland where he was in-charge of the international reinsurance business portfolios.
Mr. Ler holds a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) degree from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as Associateship from the Chartered Insurance Institute. He is a past recipient of the Munich Re Alois Alzheimer Scholarship.
McDonald’s Korea / Managing Director
Antoni Martinez started his McDonald's career at the Yallambie McDonald's Restaurant in Victoria in 2000 as a crew member. While completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University, Martinez continued to work for the construction company developing McDonald's restaurants in Victoria.
In 2008, he resumed his career in McDonald's as a project manager in charge of rolling out projects, new stores, and remodel works across the Southern region.
During his first seven years with McDonald's, Martinez built his career through several development positions, including Strategy Manager, Construction Manager, and Regional Construction and Real Estate Manager. In 2014, he was promoted to the role of Development Director of the Southern region responsible for the construction and real estate portfolio in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia.
He became the Market Director for the Southern region of Australia in 2016 leading over 300 restaurants and more than 80 licensees.
In March 2020, Martinez was appointed to the Managing Director of McDonald's Korea. He leads a market of more than 400 restaurants serving over 200 million customers every year.
He actively explores opportunities to achieve outstanding performance and shows great passion for strengthening trust with both internal and external stakeholders and building an internal talent pipeline.
Procter & Gamble Korea / Senior Vice President & CEO
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,
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Korea Limited / Country Manager
Dongwook (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 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
Dow Korea / Country Manager
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 – Korea, 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.
The Estée Lauder Companies Korea (ELCA Korea Ltd.) / Representative Director and General Manager
Prior to his current role as General Manager, The Estée Lauder Companies Korea, Paul was General Manager of the Malaysia affiliate for more than six years. He has driven and strengthened operations, corporate functions, talent, and channels, and successfully led the notable growth of the Malaysia affiliate.
Previously, he held the position of Vice President/ General Manager, Clinique Asia-Pacific (APAC), based in Hong Kong, and was responsible for the development and execution of the Clinique brand strategy in 13 markets across the APAC region. Prior to that, Paul was Brand General Manger, Clinique, Middle East & India, based in Dubai, managing five affiliates and various distributor partners. Thanks to his experience, expertise and leadership positions in multiple countries, Paul has developed vast expertise, from business strategy to corporate functions, brands, channels.
Paul began his career with Boots in the U.K. and Ireland where he held various management roles, including store management, regional finance management (including sales and budgeting), regional operations, and managing 350-500 staff. He graduated with honors in Pharmacy from the Robert Gordon University (Scotland).
Paul holds U.K. citizenship and speaks native English.
MetLife Korea / 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.
Johnson & Johnson Medical Korea Ltd. / Area Managing Director, North Asia
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.
Visa International (Asia-Pacific) Korea / Country Manager, Korea & Mongolia
■ 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)
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
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.
U.S. Embassy / Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs
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.
Costco Wholesale Korea / 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.
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.
Citibank Korea Inc. / CEO
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 36 years in service joining Citi in 1984 as a Management Associate, having developed a career of Emerging Market Sales & Trading, Corporate Treasury and Corporate Banking. He is a member of Asia Pacific OpCo of Citi.
He was COO for Citibank Korea from 2004 to 2007 overhauling Post-merger Integration of Citi and KorAm. Prior to this, he was CFO and Treasurer of KorAm Bank. He also worked for Samsung Securities.
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.
Cytiva / Vice President Commercial, Asia-Pacific
Francis Van Parys is currently responsible for providing transformational technologies in biopharmaceutical research, manufacturing and diagnostics to Cytiva customers and partners in the life sciences industry in China, India, Japan, Korea, ASEAN and Australia-New Zealand.
While his name would suggest a French connection, Francis is a Belgian citizen whose career has spanned far and wide, and he is currently based in Asia.
Francis is a seasoned global executive who served in a number of General Management roles before becoming President of GE Healthcare Korea in 2017. In that role, he was responsible for helping provide medical technologies and solutions to the healthcare industry in Korea, from diagnostic imaging, monitoring and digital solutions through to life sciences.
He joined Cytiva when it was known as GE Healthcare Life Sciences in 2009 as General Manager for Commercial Operations in EMEA and was later appointed Global Product General Manager, Research and Applied Markets, responsible for the consumables and hardware portfolio. He then became Global Commercial General Manager for Cell Culture in 2016.
Francis started his career by joining GE in a sales leadership program in 2001 and had early-career assignments in Belgium and Germany, before taking on sales marketing positions of increasing responsibility at GE Industrial Solutions.
He 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, UK. Francis lives in Seoul, Korea, with his wife and two sons.