James Ahn (Joong Hyun Ahn)

James (Joong Hyun) Ahn

Executive VP, Mergers & Acquisitions for Samsung Electronics

James (Joong Hyun) Ahn​​ is currently Executive VP, Mergers & Acquisitions for Samsung Electronics, responsible for driving strategy, partnerships and transactions to drive the long term growth of the company. Mr. Ahn interfaces with internal stakeholders and external partners to identify strategic areas and transactions for augmenting, streamlining and transforming the business portfolio of Samsung. He has held this position since 2010.

Mr. Ahn has most recently led the acquisition of Harman International and the divestiture of the printing business to HP, following the acquisitions of Dacor, Magna Battery System, and Novaled. Mr. Ahn drove the streamlining of Samsung’s business portfolio with the divestitures of the hard disk drive, chemical, and defense businesses. Mr. Ahn is also responsible for strategic investments into Corning, Wacom and BYD as well as the identification of new business areas to drive future transformative expansion.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Ahn worked in the Corporate Strategic Planning Group of Samsung Electronics, and within the Memory Division.

Mr. Ahn has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Korea University and an MBA from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He joined Samsung Electronics in 1986 as a software engineer and worked in R&D for ten years.​

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