Young Sohn - Chairman of the Board, HARMAN and Senior Advisor, Samsung Electronics

Young Sohn

Chairman of the Board, HARMAN and Senior Advisor, Samsung Electronics

Young Sohn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose passion is building businesses and fostering emerging technologies that have the potential to transform the world for the better. Currently, Mr. Sohn serves as Chairman of the Board of HARMAN and Senior Advisor to Samsung Electronics. Recently, Mr. Sohn served as Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics, where he led strategy for global innovation, investment, new business creation, and led the company's $8 billion acquisition of HARMAN International.

Prior to joining Samsung, Mr. Sohn worked in Silicon Valley building and scaling businesses in core technologies including semiconductors and storage where he served as Chief Executive of Oak Technologies, Avago (then known as Agilent), and Inphi. In addition, under his leadership as CEO or board member, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies, and Inphi public.

On a day-to-day basis he is an active investor and advisor for startups and businesses at a global scale. He was also a seed investor in some of the industry's most innovative companies, including Fungible, Graphcore, and Zoom.

Mr. Sohn co-founded the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world's largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing global challenges. He also serves as a senior advisor to the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a member of the board of directors at Cadence, and is a member of the MIT Sloan School North America Board.

Mr. Sohn holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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