|LG Electronics Vice Chairman Jo Seong-jin|
LG Electronics CEO and Vice Chairman Jo Seong-jin received the top government award for his contribution to the nation’s industrial growth, the company said Thursday.
The company said Jo received the Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit during the 41st National Productivity Award in Seoul, hosted by the Korea Productivity Center. The award is the highest government prize given to those who have made a significant contribution to the nation’s industrial growth.
“It is a great honor to receive the prize,” Jo said. “I will continue to make efforts for continuous growth and development of Korea’s electronics industry.”
Jo was born in Boryeong, South Chungcheong Province, in April 1956. He joined GoldStar, which later became LG Electronics, as an electrician after graduating from Yongsan Technical High School in 1976. Since then, he has worked in the home appliances industry for more than four decades.
In 1995, Jo took a managerial post at LG Electronics’ washing machine design department. He has since pushed to make LG washing machines the world’s best-selling washing machines.
Jo was promoted to president of LG Electronics’ home appliance business division in 2013 and was named CEO and vice chairman of the company this year.
“The CEO received the top government prize for his contribution to the development of numerous new technologies in the home appliances sector and boosting Korea’s presence in the global home appliances market,” an LG Electronics official said. “Under his leadership, LG Electronics became one of the most sought-after home appliance brands in the world.”
Jo has also worked on building mutually beneficial relationships with subcontractors and on fulfilling corporate social responsibility, according to the company.
“The CEO has stressed the importance of establishing a solid partnership with small subcontractors to secure competitiveness in electronics parts and thus to provide better quality and safety to our customers,” the LG official said.