LG Electronics has announced the appointment of new executives to lead its Mobile Communications unit, Chief Technology Office (CTO) and Global Marketing Center as part of its corporate restructuring been made in order to better address serve the market.
The Korean-based firm also announced the establishment of a new B2B division meant to expand its commercial operations and to consolidate existing business-to-business functions across its various divisions.
(TOP: Hwang Jeong-hwan, head of R&D Laboratory of Home Entertainment at LG Electronics – left – shakes hands with Sajeev Jesudas, CEO of consumer business at Underwriters Laboratories during an industry event in February this year. Hwang Jeong-hwan has been promoted to CEO of LG Mobile Communications. Photo: Korean Herald).
Among the key changes are:
- Hwang Jeong-hwan has been named president and CEO of the LG Mobile Communications Company while current president Juno Cho takes on a new role within LG’s parent company. Mr Hwang, who has years of experience in R&D, was closely involved in developing one of LG’s first smartphones in 2009 as head of the CTO’s Multimedia R&D Lab.
- Dr Park Il-pyung, head of LG’s Software Center, will take on the role of CTO with current CTO Dr Skott Ahn taking on a new position within LG. Before joining LG, Dr Park was CTO at Harman International and head of the Intelligent Computing Lab at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. Dr Park received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University and holds a number of patents in the field of computing.
- Han Chang-hee, most recently VP of appliance marketing communications, has been tapped to lead LG’s worldwide marketing efforts as head of the Global Marketing Center. Brian Na, who led LG’s global marketing efforts for the past two years, will assume the role of president of LG’s Western Europe operations.
- To expand upon its success in the commercial sector, LG is establishing the B2B Company to oversee all aspects of business-to-business product sales including energy, information displays, vertical solutions. Kwon Soon-hwang, formerly head of LG’s Business Solutions Company and head of LG’s India operations, has been named president of the newly-formed B2B Company.
The Convergence Business Development Center will be established to identify and initiate corporate-wide initiatives related to artificial intelligence, IoT solutions and device-to-device connectivity.
The new appointments are effective from December 1, 2017 while promotions take effect from January 1, 2018.