Kwon Oh-hyun

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Kwon Oh-hyun
Born (1952-10-15) October 15, 1952 (age 68)
OccupationCEO and Vice Chairman of Samsung

Kwon Oh-hyun (born 15 October 1952) is the Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics.[1] In 2013, Time Magazine added him to their top 100 list of most influential people.[2]

In October 2017, Dr. Kwon announced that he would resign in March 2018, citing an "unprecedented crisis"[3]


Dr. Kwon has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.[4]


Since Dr. Kwon joined Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor Business in 1985, he has played a pivotal role in Samsung Electronics' rapid advance in the semiconductor industry. He successfully led the development of the industry's first 64Mb DRAM in 1992, and was promoted to Vice President of Samsung's Memory Device Technology unit three years later. In 1998, Dr. Kwon was appointed Senior Vice President and head of System LSI Division's ASIC business. In 2000, he became Executive Vice President and head of LSI Technology. In January 2004, Dr. Kwon was appointed President and General Manager of the System LSI Division. During his 10 years at the System LSI Division, Dr. Kwon gained special recognition for achieving top market shares of display driver ICs, application processors and CMOS image sensors. In May 2008, Dr. Kwon was appointed President of Semiconductor Business (now Device Solutions). In December 2011, he was promoted to Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics.[4]

Dr. Kwon has published numerous papers at conferences and symposiums including ISSCC, VLSI Symposium, and IEDM. He has also contributed his expertise to a number of technical journals on semiconductor related topics.


  1. ^ "Samsung Board Committees".
  2. ^ "The 2013 TIME 100". TIME. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  3. ^ "Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun to resign citing 'unprecedented crisis'". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon". Retrieved 15 November 2016 – via