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10 Things You Didn't Know about Junghoon Ryu

What do you know about Junghoon Ryu, the newest CEO of Doosan? Perhaps you’re only now hearing about the company itself, much less the person who has been charged with running it. Suffice it to say that Doosan is a conglomerate company based in Korea that has been in business for several years. They are also expanding into new areas of business that they haven’t traditionally been involved in. In part, these actions led them to appoint Junghoon Ryu as their CEO. If you want to know more about him, you’re in luck. Here are 10 things about him that might surprise you.

1. He might be the new CEO of Doosan, but he’s not new to the company

It’s true, he was only appointed CEO of the company in August of 2021. That said, he’s certainly not new to the company, having worked for them in a different capacity for some time before his new position even became available.

2. He joined the company’s Board of Directors one month before his new appointment

Obviously, there were plans early on to make him the CEO because he joined the board of directors of the company a full month before his new appointment. Furthermore, he vacated his old position at the same company at roughly the same point in time. It all goes to show how company executives had decided sometime before the appointment became official in August of 2021 that they wanted him in this particular position. That in turn speaks volumes about his character, more of which you will learn about shortly.

3. He knows a thing or two about technology

In addition to having plenty of character, he knows a great deal about technology. That's precisely why he's in a good position to head up a robotics department. He not only understands how technology works, but how it can have a positive impact on the everyday lives of individuals in ways that most people would never have even dreamed of only a few short years ago.

4. He’s also known in the business world for his ability to lead effectively

Working with a CEO that understands business isn't uncommon, but working with one that understands how to effectively lead people is typically much more unique. Fortunately, he has a deep understanding of both, allowing him to effectively run a business while simultaneously leading people in a manner that will inspire them rather than hinder them.

5. He went to college in Seoul

When he decided to get his bachelor's degree, he went to college for business administration at a leading college in Seoul, Korea. For him, it was just the natural next step in order to achieve his dreams.

6. He then went on to complete his Master’s degree in the United States

After he completed his bachelor's degree, he decided that it was time to get a master's degree as well. This time, he decided to travel to the United States in order to obtain an MBA. For him, it was a decision that definitely served him well, as it is one of the main reasons that he landed his initial position with this particular company to begin with. It also was a major factor in the decision to promote him to CEO.

7. He has a proven track record

When most people think of him, the idea of a young CEO comes to mind almost immediately. The truth is, he’s been doing this for a while. As a matter of fact, he’s been hard at work in the industry for more than 20 years now. That’s quite impressive, to say the least. Perhaps the thing that is most impressive is the fact that he continues to work tirelessly for not only his own goals, but also the goals of others on his team.

8. He has the passion to make things happen

It doesn't typically matter how well someone understands something if they are completely devoid of passion. That's because it is the passion for doing something that will see them through the times when they have to work long hours or those times when things simply aren't going as well as they had hoped. Otherwise, it becomes easy to throw in the towel. At the very least, it becomes all too easy to go into what many people refer to as autopilot, where you're showing up and you're going through the motions, but you're not really inspired to do anything different. One of the things that makes him a unique leader is that he has an immense amount of passion about what he's doing, but he also has the ability to draw other people in and make them as passionate about a project as he is.

9. He loves working with robotics

One of the things that he’s always been most passionate about is working with robotics. For him, it’s something that presents a number of technical challenges, but also a way for him to leave his mark in the world as he spearheads activities that haven’t ever been done before. He loves the idea of being able to do something that has never been done before. As far as he’s concerned, it’s an unmistakable opportunity to do something unique and make a positive impact on the world at the same time.

10. He likes being on the cusp of something new

He has always said that he loves being on the cusp of new technology because there will never again come a time when that particular technology will be emerging. For him, it's an adrenaline rush in much the same way that a surfer likes to ride the edge of a wave. It's about creating something new and being a part of a creation in a very integral manner. For him, it's also a way that he can use his skills and indulge his passion for technology while simultaneously creating things that can have a positive impact on the world as a whole.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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