Lee Hee-beom, a former minister of Trade, Industry and Energy has been nominated as the new President of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) to succeed Yang-ho Cho. In order to minimise the vacancy, POCOG has put forward Mr. Lee today after thoughtful consideration.
Lee began his career as a government official in 1972 and served as Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy from 2003 to 2006. He then took on executive positions at various institutions and companies including the Korea International Trade Association, the Korea Employers Federation, STX Energy and STX Heavy Industries. He is currently an advisor of LG International Corporation.
In addition to his successful career as a government official, he has also served as a chancellor, president of economic organizations, and CEO of major companies. With such a diverse background of experience, he has the administrative capacity, marketing expertise and a wide network among the business leaders and communication skills to coordinate among the various levels of government and different stakeholders - all required to lead the preparation of a complex mega-sports event. POCOG will soon hold Executive Board and General Assembly meetings to officially appoint Lee as the new President, which decision will then need to be approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Republic of Korea.