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President's Interview Series

The ‘President's Interview Series’ invites corporate leaders and industry experts to discuss issues relating to business, finance, and economics in U.S.-Korea relations with The Korea Society President Tom Byrne. In this new initiative, we will explore the economic and social values of leading Korean and multinational companies within the U.S. and Korea. This series is specifically tailored to elevate the impact of Korean business leaders in the U.S and globally.

Join us as speakers share their extraordinary careers and experiences in the professional world and discuss important economic issues relevant to business communities in the U.S. and Korea.


About our President

Thomas J. Byrne
President & CEO

Thomas J. Byrne joined The Korea Society as its President in August of 2015. He comes to the Society from Moody's Investor Services, where he was Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Spokesperson, and Director of Analysis for the Sovereign Risk Group in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions working in Moody’s Singapore office. Before moving to Moody's in 1996, he was the Senior Economist of the Asia Department at the Institute of International Finance in Washington DC. Tom has an MA degree in International Relations with an emphasis on economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BS degree in Biology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before his graduate work, he served in South Korea for three years as a US Peace Corps volunteer.

President Byrne teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City and at Georgetown University's Graduate School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. As president, he has written opinion articles which were published in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The National Interest, and Reuters Breakingviews.


Interview with CJ Group Chairman Kyung Shik Sohn

Premiere on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 6 PM (EDT)

The Korea Society is pleased to invite Mr. Kyung Shik Sohn, Chairman of CJ Group, for a conversation with the Society’s President/CEO Tom Byrne. In this upcoming episode of our President’s Interview Series, Chairman Sohn... Read More


Interview with ROK Trade Minister Yeo Han-Koo

Friday, March 18, 2022

March 15, 2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). In celebration of this remarkable milestone, The Korea Society invites ROK Minister for Trade Yeo Han-koo for a conversation with Korea Society President Tom Byrne... Read More


Interview with LG Chem CEO Hak Cheol Shin

Premieres: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 6 PM ET

Join us for a conversation between Mr. Hak Cheol Shin, Chief Executive Officer of LG Chem, and Tom Byrne, the President and CEO of The Korea Society. In this third episode of the ‘President’s Interview Series,’ Mr. Shin will discuss his remarkable career starting out from 3M Korea and serving as the Vice Chair at 3M headquarter... Read More


Talking COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation with President John Rim

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 7 PM (EDT)

Join us for a conversation between Mr. John Rim, President and CEO of Samsung Biologics, and Tom Byrne, the President and CEO of The Korea Society. In this second episode of the ‘President’s Interview Series,’ President Rim will discuss his extensive career and senior leadership roles in the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as his current role as the head of Samsung Biologics... Read More


A Conversation with Chairman Yongmaan Park

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 7 PM (EDT)

In our inaugural episode of the ‘President's Interview’ Series, we are pleased to invite Park Yongmaan, Chairman of Doosan Infracore for a conversation with The Korea Society’s President Tom Byrne. As one of the most successful and powerful business leaders in Korea and the world, Chairman Park will discuss his extensive career and leadership role as the Chairman of Doosan Infracore and former Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)... Read More