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Female SNU professor nominated to head S. Korea’s antitrust watchdog

By Shin Ji-hye

Published : Aug. 9, 2019 - 11:53

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President Moon Jae-in has nominated Joh Sung-wook, a professor at Seoul National University, to lead South Korea’s antitrust watchdog, the presidential office said Friday.

Joh, 55, will replace former head Kim Sang-jo, who is Moon’s chief policy secretary since June. 

FTC nominee Joh Sung-wook (Cheong Wa Dae) FTC nominee Joh Sung-wook (Cheong Wa Dae)

Currently serving as professor at SNU Business School, Joh previously served as a non-executive member of the Financial Services Commission’s Securities & Futures Commission from April 2013 to April this year. She also taught at Korea University Business School from 2003 to 2005 after working as a researcher at the Korea Development Institute from 1997 to 2003.

The nominee has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from SNU and completed a doctorate in economics at Harvard University. The FTC chief post is subject to parliamentary hearing. 

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