Promotion Reflects Important Role of U.S. R&D Lab,
Recognizes Kim’s Leadership and Contributions
Dr. Jong Kim, President of the Zenith Research and Development Lab, has been named Senior Vice President of Zenith’s parent company, LG Electronics.
Kim’s new position, as one of LG’s most senior executives in the Western Hemisphere, reflects the important role of the U.S. R&D lab, which includes work on groundbreaking technologies for next-generation broadcasting standards; for hospitality, healthcare and digital signage systems; and for automotive electronics, among other high-profile LG technology programs.
Kim has been Zenith President since 2005 after serving as Vice President, Zenith R&D, from 2000-04. A key contributor to Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) digital television standards, he joined Zenith Electronics LLC in 1990. (LG acquired Zenith in 1999.) Kim started his career as a research engineer at LG Electronics in 1983.
He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alabama and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering at Seoul National University. He is the co-author of numerous papers published in leading technical journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, the Journal of Society of Motion Pictures of America and IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.
“Jong Kim and the Zenith R&D Lab are key contributors to LG’s consumer electronics technology leadership in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and Chief Technology Officer, LG Electronics. “Of special significance right now is Dr. Kim’s direction of the U.S. team, in close collaboration with LG R&D labs in Korea, on the development of next-gen broadcasting technologies for the emerging ATSC 3.0 standard.”
About LG Electronics Inc.
LG Electronics Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 83,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. With 2014 global sales of USD 55.91 billion (KRW 59.04 trillion), LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution, and Vehicle Components – and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat-panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $56 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. www.lg.com.
About Zenith Electronics LLC
Zenith Electronics LLC is a U.S. technology and licensing company based in Lincolnshire, Ill., and founded in 1918. Zenith, which was acquired by LG Electronics in 1998, is LG’s U.S. R&D subsidiary. Zenith is a longtime leader in digital television technologies and inventor of the current U.S. digital HDTV transmission system adopted by the FCC. Emmy Award-winning Zenith technologies include digital HDTV, flat-screen displays, stereo television and TV remote controls. For more information, please visit www.zenith.com.