Samsung appoints Asia heavyweight as legal chief
Electronics giant Samsung has appointed a former United Nations ambassador and South Korean trade minister as its president and chief legal officer. Kim Hyun-Chong will join Samsung on Monday (23 March) in what may be the most senior in-house legal position to date at a major Asian corporation. Samsung spokesman James Chung says the chief legal officer position was a new one at the company and Kim would report directly to chief executive officer Lee Yoon-Woo.The role of in-house lawyers has generally been less pronounced in large Asian corporations than in their American and European counterparts. Relatively few companies have fully-fledged general counsel, with the top legal role frequently filled by a vice president or director instead of a senior-level executive.
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