Chairman and CEO, Poongsan Group
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KACF is delighted to announce that Jin Roy Ryu, Chairman and CEO of Poongsan Group will be our Corporate Honoree at the 2014 Annual Gala.
Mr. Jin Roy Ryu is Chairman and CEO of Poongsan Group, one of the largest manufacturers of metal products and munitions in the world. He is actively involved in numerous business organizations as Chairman of the Korea-Pacific U.S. States Economic Committee; Chairman of the Korea Nonferrous Metal Association; Vice Chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council; Vice Chairman of the Korea Defense Industry Association; Vice Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries; Vice Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association; as a member of APEC Business Advisory Council and the Trilateral Commission. Additionally, Mr. Ryu supports a number of philanthropic organizations worldwide, serving as a Vice Chairman of Korea Mecenat Association and a Board Member of America's Promise, the World Golf Foundation's First Tee program and the Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) Foundation. He was instrumental in bringing the Presidents Cup 2015 to Korea and will serve as Tournament Chairman. He is Chairman of the Pyongsan Scholarship Foundation and the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea, and a trustee of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Mr. Ryu earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Seoul National University, and was awarded the Order of Industrial Service Merit, Gold Tower on March 16th, 2005 and the Order of Civil Merit, Moran (Peony) Medal on October 5th, 2012 by Korean Government for the distinguished service of his efforts to enhance Korean prestige around the world.
KACF is thrilled to confirm former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell as the keynote speaker of the 2014 Annual Gala.
For over fifty years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, General Powell's deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. After 35 years in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of Four-Star General, he served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton, and as 65th Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. He has continuously used the power of diplomacy to build trust and forge alliances, and has worked at the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide.
General Powell is the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at his alma mater, the City College of New York (CCNY). He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the America's Promise Alliance, and serves on numerous other boards nationwide. He has written two bestselling books, My American Journey and It Worked for Me.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, General Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He is married to the former Alma Vivian Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama. They live in McLean, Virginia, and have three children and four grandchildren.
Co-Anchor, ABC News' Nightline
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Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline." She also reports regularly for "Good Morning America" and "20/20." Chang had previously anchored the early morning newscasts "World News Now" and "World News This Morning" in 2000. She began her career at ABC News as a desk assistant and eventually became a producer at "World News Tonight." She rose to become a correspondent covering such stories as the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya, Hurricane Georges, and the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. From 1996-97, Chang was based in Washington, DC, where she covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the 1996 Presidential election for NewsOne, ABC's affiliate service. Prior to her assignment in Washington, she was a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco, from 1995-96.