A career banker, Mr. Chungwon Kang was President & CEO of Kookmin Bank, the largest commercial bank in Korea, from November 2004 to July 2010. He was concurrently Vice Chairman and CEO of KB Financial Holding Inc., the parent group of Kookmin Bank, from December 2009 to July 2010.
He started his career at Citibank in 1979, following graduation from The Fletcher School. He was the Chief Country Officer of Bankers Trust Company and Deutsche Bank, successively in Korea until 2000, when he became President and CEO of Seoul Bank, a commercial bank that was nationalized during the Asian financial crisis. He departed from Seoul Bank in October 2002 when the bank was privatized following a successful restructuring. He wrote about his experience at Seoul Bank for Finance & Development in June 2004, the text of which is availabe here. He was invited by the IMF as a visiting scholar during the first half of 2003, where he documented his restructuring experience in an IMF Working Paper, "From the Front Lines at Seoul Bank: Restructuring and Reprivatization."
Mr. Kang was a board member of Institute of International Finance (IIF) since 2008. He also served as a member of Special Committee on Effective Regulation and the Emerging Market Advisory Council of the IIF.
Mr. Kang graduated from Dartmouth College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He serves as a member of Fletcher School's Board of Overseers and Asian Advisory Group.