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Sung-Joo Kim

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Sungjoo Group
Chairperson of MCM Group

Sungjoo Group was founded in 1990 and has earned a reputation as Korea’s fashion leader having launched the prominent brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel and Marks & Spencer.
In 2005, Sungjoo Group acquired MCM, a German luxury fashion brand founded in Munich in 1976.

Ms. Kim was selected as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1997 and received the Ethics in Business Award from the EU government in 2009. In 2012, she was listed in Forbes’ Top 50 Asian Business Women, selected as one of Asia’s 25 Hottest CEOs by Fortune and invited by the United Nations be part of “Innovation 101” at the Decide Now Act summit.

She was awarded an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2015 for her contribution to strengthening bilateral ties between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea. She holds three honorary doctorate degrees, from Amherst College (Mass., USA), Business School Lausanne (Chavannes, Switzerland) and University of the Arts London (London, UK). From 2014, she served as the President of the Korean Red Cross for three years.

Ms. Kim became the first female entrepreneur to be appointed as a member of ABAC, representing the Korean business community at APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2013. She served in this post until June 2017. Ms. Kim was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Council Germany in December 2017.

Ms. Kim is a passionate philanthropist and works with several non-profit organizations, including World Vision, Asia House as a trustee member, the Global Summit of Women as an International Planning Committee member, and numerous other humanitarian initiatives.

EDUCATION 2017.7 UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON - Honorary Doctorate
2011.9 BUSINESS SCHOOL OF LAUSANNE - Honorary Doctorate
2000 AMHERST COLLEGE - Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters
1984 - 1985 HARVARD UNIVERSITY - Harvard Divinity School and Graduate School combined studies - Studied MTS (Master of Theological Studies in Business Ethics & Economics
1981 - 1983 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS - Studied MSc (Master of Science in International Relations)
1979 - 1981 AMHERST COLLEGE - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
1975 - 1979 YONSEI UNIVERSITY - Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Sociology
MAJOR
EXPERIENCE
Present Chairperson & Chief Visionary Officer of MCM Group
2009 - Present Founder of the Sungjoo Foundation (SJF)
2014.10 - 2017.6 President of the Korean Red Cross
2005.3 Acquired MCM (MCM Products AG)
1990 President & CEO of SUNGJOO INTERNATIONAL LTD (SJI)
OTHER
EXPERIENCE
2013 - 2017.6 「ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) Member
2007 - Present Trustee for the Asia House (UK)
2003 - Present IPC (International Planning Committee) Member for the Global Summit of Women
AWARDS &
RECOGNITIONS
2017.12 Appointed as the Member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Council Germany
2015.6 Appointed as Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II
2012.7 Selected as a part of the "Innovation 101 " of the DNA (Decide Now Act)
Summit hosted by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at the house of Lords
2012.5 Received the 'Chairman's Award ' by The Asian Women of Achievement (at London’s Park Lane Hilton)
2012.4 Selected as one of Asia's '25 Hottest Business Women' by Fortune Asia
2012.2 Selected as one of 'Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen' by Forbes Asia
2009.11 Received the 'Ethics in Business Award ' from the International Association of Human Values
2004.11 Selected as one of the 'Top 50 Women to Watch' by the Wall Street Journal (Global Edition)
2002.12 Grand Prize Winner ' at the Pride of Korea Awards by the Korean Press Association
1997.2 Selected as one of the 'Global Leaders of Tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum
PUBLICATION &
ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION
2014 Featured in "COLLECTIVE GENIUS " [Harvard Business Review Press](English)
2005 "Prepare the Future" [Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, 2005] (Korean)
Alchemistic Management of Korean CEOs [Pyongdan Publishing Company, 2005] (Korean)
2004 “I Believe in the Prosperity of the Upright! ” [Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, 2004] (Korean)
2003 Taiwanese version of the autobiographical essay, “Wake Up Call! ” [Ace Publishing Company, 2003]
2002 "Recreating Asia ~Visions For A New Century" [John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd] (English)
2000 Published an autobiography entitled, “Wake Up Call - A Beautiful Outcast ” [Random House Joongang] (Korean)