In business, the complicated, ever-evolving relationship between the CEO and its CFO is central to success. In many companies, these roles are the nerve-center of the company – defining the commercial, strategic, operational and financial blueprints. If the chemistry is right, then the relationship blossoms- and, the business maximizes its opportunities to flourish.

Originally published in the October 2016 issue of Value Chain.

Upon awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in literature last month, Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, referred to the “American troubadour”—shall we say gwangdae here in Korea?—as “a great poet . . . a very interesting traditionalist, in a highly original way. Not just the written tradition, but also the oral one; not just high literature, but also low literature.”

Originally published in the November 2016 issue of Value Chain.

HR from a Legal Risk Perspective

To in house lawyers or former in house lawyers like me, HR has always been a major source of risk and irritation- in essence a black hole that sucks in resumes or job applications and spits out litigation and employment related claims.

When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent, which is death to hide, Lodg’d with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he, returning, chide… — from “Sonnet 19” by John Milton (1651)

Once again a major Korean chaebol or business group has run into problems that involve its top management. In recent days the Korean authorities have indicted the founder and former chairman of the Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk Ho, and his son who is the current chairman, Shin Dong Bin. The charges involve diversion of funds from various companies in Lotte group into the personal accounts of the two Shins, the failure to pay taxes on income and the failure to have taken appropriate action as directors to protect the interest of other shareholders in certain companies in the Lotte group.

Originally published in the November 2016 issue of Value Chain.

In the dark days of the Asian Financial Crisis when chaebol and banks were toppling, Tony Michell of KABC Ltd, and James Rooney, then of Ssangyong-Templeton, created a one million jobs movement (OMJ). An OMJ report, which was supported by 3M and Citibank, caught the imagination of Korea’s business leaders, so that at its peak, there were daily articles in the Korea Economic Daily and several television programmes, while 80,000 taxis carried the slogan, “Let’s Create One Million Jobs,” paid for by Seoul Bank, which was a major supporter of the programme.

Originally published in the October 2016 issue of Value Chain.

Charles Ju

Charting a path for the medical device industry in Korea

President of Toshiba Medical Systems Korea enlightens us on the inner workings of the medical devices and medical care ecosystems in Korea.


This article was originally published in the September 2016 issue of Value Chain. Value Chain is the Monthly Magazine of the Korea Business Leaders Alliance

Dilip Sundaram

Bridging the business culture gap between India and Korea

As CEO of Mahindra and Chairman of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Dilip Sundaram, is a key piece of the puzzle.


This article was originally published in the September 2016 issue of Value Chain. Value Chain is the Monthly Magazine of the Korea Business Leaders Alliance

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