Dr. Won-Pyo Hong is currently the President of Samsung SDS, the largest IT solutions firm in Korea, and leads its ICBM (IoT, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile) solutions business. He is an established authority and industry leader in IT, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) space.
Before assuming his current position, he was the President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics and played a critical role in positioning Samsung as the world’s premiere handset manufacturer and global brand. As Head of Global Product Strategy for the Mobile Communications Business, he introduced the GALAXY franchise to Samsung’s mobile portfolio and established it as the most popular and advanced line of Android products. He managed GALAXY’s design and product specifications, and was responsible for spearheading several industry-leading innovations like Super-AMOLED displays, multi-core processors, and LTE-A connectivity.
Recognizing the importance of content and services for the long term success of Samsung, Dr. Hong drove several key initiatives in this field during his stint as President and Head of Media Solutions Center (the content and services powerhouse for all Samsung devices). He was the mastermind behind Samsung’s forays into IoT innovations, multi-screen consumer experience, cloud based contents, and more. His experience in this position helped Dr. Hong develop a deep understanding of Samsung’s technology and innovations, and played a key role in his success as Samsung’s Chief Marketing Officer. Under his guidance, Samsung solidified its status as a world-class brand image.
As an industry visionary with highly successful and practical business experience, Dr. Hong's recent keynote speeches at CES (2016), CeBIT (2015) and SDC (Samsung Developer Conference, 2014) have attracted thousands of industry experts. During these talks, Dr. Hong shared Samsung’s IoT vision, and inspired the audience with his thoughts on leading-edge technologies and services such as Smart Health, Smart Home, and Industrial IoT.
Prior to joining Samsung, Dr. Hong had acquired vast experience across the IT and Tele-communications industries. After earning his PhD investigating the molecular structures of exotic materials, Dr. Hong joined Bell Communications Research Inc., in New Jersey, where he led several high-capacity communication system research projects. He followed this with thirteen years at Korea Telecom Corporation and its mobile subsidiary, where he led the company’s global expansion and CDMA commercialization, and played a key role in the successful launch of the world’s first true mobile broadband service.
His Alma Mater, University of Michigan, recently recognized his accomplishments as an industry leader and awarded him the “Korean Michigan Alumni of the Year” award in 2016.