Chairman & CEO
Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang is currently the Chairman and CEO of Korea Telecom (KT), the largest integrated telecommunications and media corporation in Korea.
Since taking the office in 2014, his determination to invest in the company’s core assets has driven true growth of KT as well as the Korean telecommunications industry. Thanks to his expertise in technology and insights into the future, KT today leads the global initiative on 5G and is expected to launch the world’s first commercial 5G services in 2019. Dr. Hwang is also committed to socially responsible operations, delivering advanced infrastructure and technologies to those digitally isolated at home and abroad and utilizing ICT assets to address global problems like pollution and infectious diseases. Specifically, he has established an epidemics prevention project utilizing big data, which has been proven effective at home and is expanding globally.
A true pioneer in the tech world, Dr. Hwang is reshaping industries with KT’s unique ICT assets. He’s led the charge to launch Korea’s first Internet-only bank ‘K bank’ and implement an intelligent energy management platform ‘KT-MEG’. Transformation is still underway with Dr. Hwang pursuing the vision of becoming a platform company with focus on 5 areas – Finance, Media, Smart Energy, Private & Public Value Optimization and Safety & Security.
Prior to joining KT, Dr. Hwang held numerous key executive positions in the IT industry. After working at Intel and as a research associate at Stanford University, he joined Samsung Electronics in 1989. Dr. Hwang oversaw the development of the world’s first 256Mb DRAM in 1994 and NAND Flash in 1999, contributing to the creation of new markets for the semiconductor industry in mobile devices and consumer electronics and, thus, turning Samsung into a globally prestigious company.
In 2002, Dr. Hwang gained prominence in the world’s semiconductor history by introducing ‘Hwang’s Law’, a proposition that memory chip density would double each year. He has proven for 8 consecutive years his ‘New Memory Growth Model’ which was published in Proceedings of the IEEE in November 2003. In 2008, he was named the President and CTO of Samsung Electronics.
In 2010, Dr. Hwang was appointed the National CTO and the Head of the Office of Strategic R&D Planning of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. He was named
Distinguished Chair Professor at Sungkyunkwan University in 2013.
Dr. Hwang has been adorned with prominent awards, such as the ISI Citation Classic Award (2000), Technology Leadership and Innovations Award by Electronic Industries Alliance (2004), Best Scientist Award by Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (2006) and Andy Grove Award (2006). Chosen as ‘25 Stars of Asia’ by BusinessWeek (2003), ‘One of the Ten Big Thinkers’ by Newsweek (2005), and ‘Top Executives of 2005’ by Asiamoney (2006), he also received the CEO Grand Prix by Korean Academic Society of Business Administration (2015).
He is currently a commissioner of the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission and has been an active Board Member of National Academy Engineering of Korea since 2009 and Fellow at the IEEE Electron Devices Society and the Circuits, and Systems Society since 2002. He served as a member of the GSMA Board from 2014 to 2018, a member of the Advisory Committee at Constitutional Court in Korea from 2011 to 2013 and the Director of Korea Center for the United Nations Human Rights Policy in 2011.
He holds a B.S. and a M.S. in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in electrical & computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds 17 patents and published 50+ technical papers.