Chang Dae-hwan

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Chang Dae-hwan
Dae-Whan CHANG7.jpg
Korean name
Hangul 장대환
Hanja 張大煥[1]
Revised Romanization Jang Daehwan
McCune–Reischauer Chang Taehwan

Chang Dae-hwan (also Chang Dae-whan; born 21 March 1952) is a South Korean businessman.[2] He is best known as the president of the Maeil Business Newspaper, South Korea's main business daily.[3] He also served a brief stint as South Korea's acting prime minister in August 2002 under president Kim Dae-jung, but the National Assembly voted not to confirm him.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Chang obtained a bachelor's degree in politics at the University of Rochester in 1973. He also received a diploma for the Study of EC (European Community) in Belgium in June 1974, and went on to do an M.A. in international affairs at George Washington University.[citation needed] Afterwards, Chang received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics and management from New York University, where he wrote his 1987 doctoral dissertation on South Korean construction firms in the Middle East.[2][5] He serves as the president of the South Korean branch of the NYU alumni association.[6]

Chang started his newspaper career as a manager of planning department at Maeil Business Newspaper on 1 January 1986. He then rose to the position of director, managing director, and executive director successively, finally becoming the president and publisher in 1988.[citation needed]

Chang is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[7]

As prime minister[edit]

Chang was named as South Korea's acting PM on 9 August 2002, after the National Assembly declined to confirm his predecessor Chang Sang. The nomination was a surprise to fellow top-level civil servants in their 60s, as Chang was just 50 years old at the time, and had no experience in government.[8] If appointed, he would have been the wealthiest member of the cabinet, with 5.6 billion in family assets, according to his self-report.[9] However, during his confirmation hearings, Grand National Party (GNP) members including Hong Joon-pyo and Ahn Kyung-ryul expressed their opposition.[10][11] Chang himself also acknowledged in a press conference that he had falsely registered himself as living in Seoul's Gangnam-gu to enroll his son in a better school.[10] In the end he was rejected by a vote of 151-112.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was married and has two children.[12]


  1. ^ 金民培 [Kim Min-bae]; 洪錫俊 [Hong Seok-jun] (2002-08-09), "張大煥서리 임명; 50세 總理… 평균59세 長官들 [Chang Dae-hwan becomes acting PM; 50 years old, civil servants average age 59]", Chosun Ilbo, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  2. ^ a b "장대환", Chosun Ilbo, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  3. ^ Quinn, Stephen (2002), Knowledge management in the digital newsroom, Focal Press, pp. 173–174, ISBN 978-0-240-51677-6 
  4. ^ a b "Second Recent Choice for Premier Rejected", Los Angeles Times, 2002-08-29, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  5. ^ Chang, Tae-hwan (1987), Performance of the Korea-based construction firms in the Middle East, Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, OCLC 26335012 ; see also Koreans in the Arab world
  6. ^ "강만수 특보 자랑스런 NYU동문상 수상 [Gang Man-su receives NYU alumni prize]", JoongAng Ilbo, 2009-12-16, retrieved 2010-07-09 
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  8. ^ Kim, Min-bai (2002-08-09), "Chang Dae-hwan Named as Acting PM", Chosun Ilbo, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  9. ^ "PM-Designate's Private Assets Amount to W5.6 Billion", Chosun Ilbo, 2002-08-14, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  10. ^ a b Cho, Hee-chun (2002-08-23), "PMs Confirmation Hearing Hits Problems", Chosun Ilbo, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  11. ^ Kim, Chang-kyun (2002-08-27), "Confirmation Vote Set for Wednesday", Chosun Ilbo, retrieved 2010-07-09 
  12. ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. 2003. p. 299. ISBN 9781857432176.