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Corporate Governance

We are committed to sound corporate governance
to ensure responsible growth.

 

Suk Ryul Yoo

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Director Suk-Ryul Yoo joins the Board with in depth expertise and extensive experience in both finance and manufacturing industries. He has served as the President and CEO for numerous companies, including Samsung Card, Samsung Life Insurance, Samsung Securities and Samsung Total Petrochemicals, from 1998 to 2010. Prior to his President and CEO positions, between 1993 and 1997, he was the Head of Finance Department for Samsung Group Chairman Office. His priors also include Director of Strategic Planning Department for Samsung Electronics’ Semiconductor Division; Director Yoo implemented critical capital investment and technological strategies for Samsung Electronics’ entry and early developments of the semiconductor business.
 

Post his retirement from the Samsung Group in 2011, he has served as Advisor to Samsung Total Petrochemicals, while teaching Economics of Strategy as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater Seoul National University. And Director Yoo acted as Advisor to Samsung Electronics, from 2015 to 2017.
 

Director Yoo has an M.A. in Industrial Engineering from KAIST, and a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Seoul National University.

 

Stuart B. Solomon

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Director Stuart B. Solomon, a US citizen, joined the board on March 24, 2017. Prior to his non-executive director position at KB Financial Group, he has served in multiple positions in the financial sector. Right after graduation from university, he started his career as US Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea. From 1974 to 1995, he gained expertise in banking while working for the New York Branch of Korea Exchange Bank.
 

Since 1995, he has dedicated himself to the life insurance industry until retiring as Chairman of Metlife Korea in 2011. At Metlife Korea, he held many senior management positions such as Executive Managing Director, Executive Vice President & Representative Director, and President & CEO & Representative Director.
 

Also, he is well known for his great affection for Korean culture and the Korean language.
 

Director Solomon received his BA degree from Syracuse University in 1971.

 

Suk Ho Sonu

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Dr. Sonu, who joined the board on March 23, 2018, is currently a visiting professor of Finance at Business School of Seoul National University. Prior to this position, he worked as a professor of Finance, at School of Business Administration, Hongik University for 26 years until retiring in 2017. Dr. Sonu has an expertise in Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Bank Risk management. He has authored bestselling books in his area regarding corporate M&As and asset-liability management (ALM).

During his tenure at Hongik University, he served as the Dean of Graduate School of Business Administration and as Presidents of two major Finance related academic associations which are Korea Finance Association and Korea Money and Finance Association. Besides academic careers, he has been involved with numerous organizations and advisory councils both in private and public sectors, including non-executive director positions in banking, other financial service and fashion industries.

 

He received Ph. D. in Finance from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Northwestern University and B.E. degree in applied Mathematics from Seoul National University.

 

Myung Hee Choi

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Director Myung Hee Choi joined the board on March 23, 2018. She has been a Vice President of Korea Internal Control Assessment Institute since 2011. She dedicated most of her career to financial industry and internal control. She started her profession at Citibank Seoul Branch in 1974 and had held the position of Senior Operation Officer until 1991. She extended her career to a public sector while serving as a Director in Financial Supervisory Service from 1999 to 2005. After that, she joined Korea Exchange Bank and had worked as the Auditor for 4 years and Global Ombudsman for 2 years until retiring in 2011.
 

Director Choi received her B.A. degree in English language & literature at Yonsei University.

 

Kouwhan Jeong

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Director Kouwhan Jeong joined the board on March 23, 2018. He has been the President Attorney of Nambujeil Law and Notary Office Inc. since 2016. Prior to this position, he started his career in 1982 as a Public Prosecutor and he had held multiple outstanding positions at Public Prosecutors’ Office until retiring as a Branch Chief Prosecutor of Bucheon Branch Office of the Incheon District Prosecutor' Office in 2003. After that, his great belief in common good led him to serve the public by having the positions of Chairperson of Consumer Dispute Settlement Commission at Korea Consumer Agency and the Standing Mediator of Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency.
 

Director Jeong received his B.A. degree in laws at Seoul National University.

 

Kyung Ho Kim

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Dr. Kim, who joined the board on March 27, 2019, is currently a professor of Management at School of Business Administration, Hongik University. Before he joined Hongik University in 1991, he had taught four years in the United States as a professor of Accounting at California State University, Los Angeles. 

 

During his tenure at Hongik University, he also served in numerous administrative positions such as, the Dean, School of Business Administration, Dean of Graduate School, and Vice President of the University. 

 

Dr. Kim has an expertise in Financial Accounting, Auditing and Governmental Accounting. He played an important in accounting standards setting in Korea serving as the Vice Chairman of the Korea Accounting Standards Board and as a member of IASB’s Standard Advisory Council for 3 years from December 2000. 

 

Prior to joining the board of KB Financial Group Dr. Kim has held many positions in the business society especially in the banking sector. He served as outside director positions in Citibank Korea Inc. and Shinhan Investment Co. and President’s advisory board member of the Korea Development Bank. 

 

He received M.S. and Ph. D. in Management from Purdue University of Indiana and B.B.A. from Seoul National University.

 

Jae Ha Park

DIRECTOR(INDEPENDENT)
KB FINANCIAL GROUP INC.

Dr. Jae-Ha Park is a Senior Fellow at Korea Institute of Finance (KIF). Prior to rejoining KIF in March 2015, he worked for the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) as Deputy Dean for three and a half years from October 2011 to February 2015.
 

He has served in numerous public positions, including Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economy, Director General of the Task Force for Economic Restructuring in the Office of the President, Chairman of the Committee for the Assessment of Regulations at the Financial Services Commission. In addition, he has served as a member of the Presidential Commission for Financial Reform and a member of Management Supervisory Committee at the Korea Asset Management Corporation. He worked for the Bank of Korea as an economist for four years after graduating from university in February1981.
 

He also has held many important private and academic positions, such as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shinhan Bank, Board Member of Daewoo Securities and JB Bank, and as a Vice Chairman of Korea Money and Finance Association.
 

Since the Asian financial crisis, he has been deeply involved in many important projects relating to financial restructuring and reform in Korea, and also regional economic and financial cooperation in Asia, such as creation of Asian Bond Market Initiatives and ASEAN+3 Research Group activities.
 

His areas of interest are financial reform and restructuring, development of financial systems and industries, Asian economic and financial cooperation. He has authored many articles and books on financial reform and restructuring in Korea, regional financial market development, Asian bond market development, international finance, and money and banking.
 

Dr. Park received his B.A. in economics from Seoul National University in 1981 and Ph.D. in economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1991.

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