KCCI holds on to Park of Doosan for leadership

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KCCI holds on to Park of Doosan for leadership

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Park Yong-maan, who was re-elected as KCCI Chairman, second from left, greets Chung Yong-jin, vice chairman of Shinsegae Group, left, Chung Mong-yoon, chairman of Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance, second from right, and Yi Man-deuk, chairman of Samchully Corporation, right, who became vice chairmen of KCCI’s Seoul office. [NEWSIS]

Park Yong-maan, chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), was re-elected as the 22nd chairman of KCCI’s Seoul office.

In a general meeting held on Tuesday, 90 members of the Seoul office elected Park as their leader unanimously. Since the Seoul office chief is traditionally selected as the KCCI chairman, the 60-year-old will likely continue his current position for the next three years. The KCCI will hold a general meeting on March 25 to elect a new chairman. Headquartered in Jung District, central Seoul, KCCI runs offices nationwide including in Gyeonggi, Gangwon, North and South Gyeongsang regions.

The term for KCCI chairman is three years and an individual can serve two terms. Park succeeded predecessor Sohn Kyung-shik, who resigned from the post in July 2013 after he became the head of an emergency management committee for CJ Group after Chairman Lee Jay-hyun was jailed for financial crimes.

Park earned his bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University with a business major and finished an MBA at Boston University. He is also the chairman of Doosan Group.

“I will sincerely take the role,” said Park. “I will also try to work hard for the members of KCCI and for the nation’s economy in the next three years. Many people say this year is a golden time to boost the Korean economy. I’m sure that we can see some hope if we try to innovate and try harder.”

In the meeting, Chung Yong-jin, vice chairman of Shinsegae Group, Chung Mong-yoon, chairman of Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance and Yi Man-deuk, chairman of Samchully Corporation were appointed as vice chairmen of the Seoul office.

“I personally met Chung [Yong-jin of Shinsegae Group] and suggested he take the post and he gladly accepted the proposal,” Park said.

“I think I’m the youngest among the leadership,” Chung said. “I will try to learn from many people and will try hard to help Park.”

BY KWON SANG-SOO [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]

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