Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Han Jong-hee will lead the Korea Electronics Association (KEA) by mid-decade. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman will head state-backed outfit

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Han Jong-hee was appointed this week to lead the Korea Electronics Association (KEA) over the next three years.

Han is taking charge of the visual display business of Samsung Electronics. He is also heading the newly merged set division of the tech giant.

As an expert in TV research and development, Han has played a pivotal role in the company’s topping the podium in global TV sales for the past 16 years in a row.

“I will spearhead the creation of new businesses and fresh jobs by building up a system of dealing with the strengthening protectionism and regulations,” Han said.

He will replace outgoing KEA Chairman Kim Ki-nam, also Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, to spearhead the outfit by mid-decade.

Han will be supported by new KEA executives, including LG InnoTek CEO Jeong Cheol-dong, and Simmtech CEO Choi Si-don, as well as KEA CEO Park Chung-won.

Since its establishment in 1976, the KEA has represented the country’s electronics and info-tech industry with the aim of boosting related businesses.

On top of offering education and consulting services to its member companies, the state-backed outfit provides information necessary for corporate management, regulations, and energy.

Included in the list of the KEA membership are the nation’s large conglomerates and small enterprises in the electronics industry and associated businesses.

In addition, the Seoul-based KEA hosts the annual Korea Electronics Show, which has underpinned the country’s electronics business over the past few decades.