New NIA President Hwang Jong-sung speaks during his inauguration ceremony held in the agency’s head office in Daegu on Aug. 25. Photo courtesy of NIA

The 15th NIA chief will lead state-backed agency

South Kora’s National Information Society Agency (NIA) announced on Augst. 25 that Hwang Jong-sung had inaugurated as the state-backed agency’s 15th leader.

Hwang is the second NIA chief who was promoted from employee over the past half a century of the agency’s history. He will head the NIA over the next two years.

After graduating from Yonsei University, Hwang got aboard the NIA in 1995 to assume a variety of roles at the organization for almost three decades.

He also boasts of rich experiences not only in back-office jobs but also in-field work, including various task forces along with other government entities.

“On the back of various experiences at the NIA and outside of the outfit, I will put forth great efforts to make South Korea the powerhouse in data and platform,” Hwang said in a speech.

Such attempts are also in tandem with the initiative of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, which strives to achieve a digital government platform, according to Hwang.

Founded in the 1980s to underpin the country’s computerization and informatization, the NIA has played an active role in Korea’s fast growth in digital and info-tech businesses.

The agency also has worked on cutting-edge technologies, including AI.