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Meet our executive team that shares their vision for a world where technology changes lives for the better
Dr. Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman & CEO
Device Solutions DivisionDr. Kinam Kim is the head of Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division, overseeing global operations of the memory, System LSI and foundry business units.
Under Dr. Kim's leadership, Samsung’s memory business continues to maintain its top market share and technology leadership with first-to-market products in DRAM, NAND flash and solid state drives (SSD) for more than a decade. Samsung’s system LSI Business also demonstrates excellence in logic IC products such as application processors (AP), modem chipsets, CMOS image sensors and display driver ICs for a wide range of applications. In addition, the newly-formed foundry business is a leader in advanced logic process and specialty technologies, such as radio frequency (RF), industry's first high-k metal gate (HKMG) transistor, and 14-nanometer (nm) and 10nm FinFET process technologies. His contributions, leadership and strategic vision have paved the way for Samsung’s role as a technology leader in the semiconductor industry.
Dr. Kim has been a driving force at Samsung for more than 35 years since he joined the company in 1981. Prior to his current role, he has served in numerous leadership positions including President and CEO of Samsung Display Co. and Samsung advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) where he spearheaded the research and development of frontier technologies that have significantly impacted not only the semiconductor industry but also adjacent industries, such as quantum dots, graphene, carbon nanotubes and advanced materials.
Dr. Kim has published more than 470 technical papers in top academic journals, including several papers in Nature and Science, and holds more than 360 international and domestic patents. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow as well as an executive board member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. His contributions to the semiconductor industry have been recognized, and some of the latest recognitions include "IMEC Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2017 and "Flash Memory Summit Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2016, "The Korea Science & Technology Award" in 2019.1)
Dr. Kim received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University in 1981, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1994.
1) The government of Korea bestows the Korea Science and Technology Award to those who have contributed greatly to the development of the nation and the welfare of the people through global technological innovation and achievements in R&D.
Dr. Gyoyoung Jin, President & GM
Memory Business, Device Solutions DivisionDr. Gyoyoung Jin is the president and general manager of the Memory Business in Samsung Electronics' Device Solutions Division.
Since joining Samsung Electronics in 1997, Dr. Jin has progressed through key technical and leadership positions across Samsung’s memory business and successfully led development of numerous flagship memory products and technologies. He has been responsible for bringing key next-generation memory technologies to market, and directing the development and commercialization of industry-first DRAM processes from the 80-nanometer (nm) class up to the 10nm-class generation.
Prior to his current position, he spearheaded the company’s DRAM R&D efforts, while overseeing a broad range of teams spanning design technology, process architecture and product engineering, as well as DRAM-based product solutions.
In 2011, Dr. Jin was selected as a Samsung Fellow in recognition of his extensive expertise in all aspects of DRAM technology, as well as his significant contribution to the consistent growth of the Samsung Memory Business. Samsung Fellow is the highest recognition given to key technology experts within the company who demonstrate outstanding global expertise in their respective fields.
Dr. Jin received his bachelor's (1985), master's (1987) and doctorate (1994) degrees in electrical engineering from Seoul National University.
Dr. Inyup Kang, President & GM
System LSI Business, Device Solutions DivisionDr. Inyup Kang is the president and general manager of the System LSI Business in Samsung Electronics' Device Solutions Division.
Before his appointment as the general manager of system LSI business, he led numerous R&D teams in and out of the company. From 1996 to 2009, he led generations of cellular modem chipsets as vice president of technology at qualcomm. After joining Samsung Electronics in 2010 as chief director at the DMC lab in San Diego, he has been working at Samsung as executive vice president in charge of R&D and commercialization of cellular baseband/RF chipsets, as well as software for 2G, 3G, and 4G.
Owing to his experience and insight in modem and relevant wireless communication technologies, Samsung’s system LSI business has become one of the key players in the mobile industry with his development of numerous innovative products.
His achievements at Samsung include commercialization of the industry’s first 14nm SoC, Exynos 7 Octa (7420), and Exynos 8 Octa (8890), which was Samsung’s first flagship mobile SoC with a modem-integrated chip and custom CPU core. Dr. Kang also led the development of the industry’s first 10nm SoC, Exynos 9 (8895), which also integrates support for 5-band carrier aggregation modems for the first time in the industry.
Dr. Kang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics engineering from Seoul National University in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1996.
Dr. ES Jung, President & GM
Foundry Business, Device Solutions DivisionDr. ES Jung is the president and general manager for the foundry Business in Samsung Electronics’ Device Solutions Division.
Prior to his current position, he spearheaded research and development of advanced logic and memory process technologies including next-generation material and tool development as the head of Samsung’s Semiconductor R&D center since 2012. He also held responsibilities at Samsung’s foundry manufacturing operation center as senior VP and system LSI SoC Process Architecture Team.
Since joining Samsung Electronics in 1985, Dr. Jung has played a pivotal role in developing many innovative technologies that greatly strengthened Samsung’s leading position in the semiconductor market. With the advanced technologies developed under his leadership, Samsung was able to become the first in the industry to mass produce 20nm and 10nm-class DRAM, 3D Vertical NAND, and SoCs based on 14 and 10nm FinFET process technologies.
Dr. Jung is a member of the National Academy of engineering of Korea.
Dr. Jung received his B.S. degree in physics education and M.S. in physics from Seoul National University, and his Ph.D. in physics from The University of Texas, Arlington.