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Yoon-Woo Lee Vice Chairman Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Yoon-Woo Lee

Vice Chairman
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Yoon-Woo Lee is the Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics. Prior to his current position, Lee was Vice Chairman and CEO from May 2008 to December 2009; Chairman of the Board of Directors from May 2008 to December 2010.

An engineer and 40-year veteran of Samsung, Lee's leadership and in-depth technology expertise have helped building Samsung into the world' s largest electronics company. He is widely credited with the success of Samsung' s Semiconductor Business and implementing policies and training programs that have earned Samsung the reputation of being the best company to work for in Korea.

Lee has been with Samsung since 1968. He served as the Managing Director of Giheung' s main semiconductor plant operations in 1987, and was appointed as the President of Samsung' s Semiconductor Business in 1996. Demonstrating his business acumen in a dynamic and fast-paced semiconductor industry, he successfully implemented diversification strategies that allowed the Semiconductor Business to navigate through cyclical market downturns while increasing market share, year after year.

In 2004, Lee was promoted to Vice Chairman in charge of Global Collaboration, and also was appointed Head of the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. In 2005, he became Chief Technology Officer, responsible for planning mid- to long-term strategies for promoting new business development based on cutting-edge technologies.

Lee serves in numerous industry leadership positions including Vice Chairman of Seoul Chamber Commerce & Industry, Vice Chairman of Korea-Japan Economic Association, and Vice Chairman of Korea Business Council for Sustainable Development. In 2005, he was honored by the Korea Management Institute as CEO of the Year.

Lee graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor' s degree in Electrical Engineering.