Hong Seok-Hyun

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Seok-Hyun Hong is the owner and Chairman of the JoongAng Media Network, the  largest media group in Korea with 26 outlets spanning newspapers, broadcasting,  publishing, entertainment and digital media. In 1994, Mr. Hong took over   management of the JoongAng Ilbo, Korea’s most-read daily newspaper, as CEO, and since then the group has expanded into a global multimedia powerhouse through a wide range of innovations and reforms. Leading transformations in the media industry, Mr. Hong served as President of the World Association of Newspapers, a position to which he was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2004. He became President of the Korean Association of Newspapers in March 2003 to serve in that capacity until February 2005. During his career, Mr. Hong has been active in public service. He worked as an economist at the World Bank from 1977 to 1983, focusing primarily on the economies of Turkey and Malaysia. He was a senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute(KDI) from 1985 to 1986, playing a key role in the economic development of Korea through the 1980s. In 1983, he joined the Korean government, first as chief assistant to the minister of finance and then as principal assistant to the chief of staff of the President of the Republic of Korea. He served as the Korean ambassador to the United States in 2005. More recently in May this year, Mr. Hong visited Washington D.C. as President Moon Jae-in’s Special Envoy to the United States. Mr. Hong also worked at Samsung Corning Company from 1986 to 1994 as Senior Executive Vice President.