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Hee-beom Lee President CEO

Hee-beom Lee President & CEO

Welcome to the official website of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896, the modern Olympic Games have been long-regarded as the world’s greatest celebration of sports. Now the Games are widely recognised as an all-around mega entertainment event encompassing a number of areas including the economy, culture, environment, science and technology.

Following the United States, Canada and Japan, Korea has become the fourth non-European country to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Games in 2018 will not only be celebrated worldwide, but will also mark a great milestone in Korea’s history, raising the country’s profile.

Three decades ago, Seoul 1988 united the world, transcending the ideological divide of the time. In 2018, once again, you will witness PyeongChang connect the world with a single passion – represented by our slogan, “Passion. Connected.”

To this end, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is committed to meeting the following goals. Firstly, we will raise Korea’s status in world sports. Secondly, PyeongChang 2018 will succeed on the economic, cultural and environmental fronts, promoting world peace and employing cutting-edge information and communication technology. And ultimately, we will pass on a sustainable legacy to the local communities and the country.

I would like to ask the citizens of Korea and the world to support and accompany us on our great journey to PyeongChang 2018.

Hee-beom LEE President & CEO The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Education, Awards


    Graduated from Seoul National University High School

  • 1971

    Received a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from College of Engineering, Seoul National University

  • 1973

    Completed the Science of Public Administration course at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University

  • 1987

    Earned an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business

  • 2003

    Received a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Kyunghee University

  • 2003

    Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes

  • 2006

    Order of Service Merit, Blue Stripes

  • 2007

    The 5th Global CEO Award, the grand prize in international cooperation

  • 2013

    Order of Civil Merit, Rose of Sharon Medal


  • 1972

    • Passed the Highest Civil Service Examination
  • 1988~1991

    • Deputy Commercial Attache at the Korean Embassy in the United States
  • 1991~2000

    • Chief of General Affairs Division, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
    • Director General of Digital Information Industry Bureau, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy Commercial Attaché at the Korean Delegation to the European Union
    • Director General of Industry Policy Bureau, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
    • Standing Member of Korea Trade Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
    • Deputy Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
    • Head of the Office of Resource Policy, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
  • 2001~2002

    • Vice Minister for Commerce, Industry and Energy
  • 2002~2003

    • CEO, Korea Productivity Centre
  • 2003

    • President, Seoul National University of Science and Technology
  • 2003~2006

    • Minister for Commerce, Industry and Energy
  • 2006~2009

    • President, Korea International Trade Association
  • 2006

    • Advisor for the 2014 Winter Olympics Bidding Committee for PyeongChang
  • 2008

    • President, Bidding Committee to host the Summer Universiade for Gwangju
  • 2008~2013

    • Member of the committee to enhance national competitiveness of Korea
  • 2008~2009

    • Board Director of Korea-Arab Society
  • 2009~2013

    • Chairman for STX Energy and STX Heavy Industries
  • 2010~2014

    • President, Korea Employers Federation
  • 2010

    • Member of International Advisory Panel of Singapore
  • 2012

    • International Advisor for King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014

    • CEO & Vice Chairman for LG International
  • 2014

    • Advisor for LG International
  • 2016.05

    • President & CEO, PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee