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"Succeed to Serve"

SUNGJOO GROUP Chief Visionary Officer Sung-Joo Kim

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Sung-Joo Kim was inaugurated as the President of the Korean Red Cross in Oct 2014. She is the Chairperson and Chief Visionary Officer of the Sungjoo Group (Korea) and MCM Holding AG (Germany).

She established Sungjoo Group in 1990 and launched premium fashion brands in Korea such as Gucci, Sonia Rikyel, and YSL as well as the products of the largest fashion distribution company based in the United Kingdom, Marks & Spencer. Since the group’s establishment, Kim has been able to develop the company into a recognized enterprise in the Korean fashion industry.

In 2005, the group acquired MCM, a premium leather goods brand born in Germany, and successfully entered into the global luxury brand sector. MCM products are currently being manufactured in both Korea and Italy, and are distributed to about 40 countries worldwide, thereby leading the globalization of the Korean fashion industry.

Sung-Joo Kim established the Sungjoo Foundation in 2009 under its social responsibility and business philosophy, 'Succeed to Serve,' which is also her personal motto. The foundation has actively returned 10% of its net profit back to society, and it has supported about 60 Korean and global nongovernment organizations (NGOs) every year. It has thus supported war victims from Kosovo, the Asia House (United Kingdom), the Victoria & Albert Museum (United Kingdom), and all kinds of cultural and charity endeavors. Sungjoo Group also actively supports women education, to encourage engagement in social and economic activities through the Global Summit of Women Network (GSWN).

Sungjoo Kim has progressively managed her business and global activities under her personal mission of training small and medium enterprises, as well as the youth and women so that they may actively participate in global activities. She has also developed her business to become a role model that portrays the beauty of capitalism through honest and transparent business management. Having drawn the world’s attention, she is now the first Korean woman who is an active member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) of the Asia Pacific Economy Council since 2013.


Sung-Joo Kim Photo

Education ──

June 1985
Completed M.T.S. coursework, Harvard University /
Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, USA) (Christian Ethics / Economics)
June 1983
Completed M.Sc. coursework, London School of Economics (London, England) (International Political Economy)
June 1981
Graduated from Amherst College (Mass., USA) (Sociology)
February 1979
Graduated from Yonsei University (Theology / Sociology)

Awards ──

December 2017
Appointed as the Member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion Council Germany
June 2015
June 2015 Awarded as the Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
July 2012
Selected as one of the '101 Leaders of the World with the Most Creative Visions' at the Decide Now Act Summit (DNA Summit) hosted by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs
April 2012
Selected as one of 'Asia’s 25 Hottest Businesswomen' by Fortune Asia
February 2012
Selected as one of 'Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen' by Forbes Asia
November 2009
Awarded with the '2009 Ethics in Business Awards' by the International Association of Human Values at the European Parliament in Brussels
February 1997
Selected as one of the “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum

Published works ──

Related books
「Korean CEOs’ Business Alchemy」 2005
Joint author
「The Future I Prepare」 2005
「I Believe in the Success of Honest People」2004
「Recreating Asia ~Visions For A New Century」 2002
「Wake Up Call」(published in Taiwan) 2003
「I Want to Become a Beautiful Outcast of Korea」 2000