SEOUL, KOREA – Coex, Korea’s leading exhibition organizer and venue, has announced the appointment of Dong-ki Lee as its new President and CEO on March 8. Mr. Lee was the former chief of Korea International Trade Association’s Innovation Growth Division.
As Korea turns the corner on the global pandemic, Lee’s well-rounded experience in planning, trade development, international cooperation, exhibitions and conventions is expected to contribute significantly to the revitalization of the MICE industry, and be instrumental in overcoming the many challenges being presented in an increasingly more competitive international market.
Lee will also take leadership of the Association of Korean Exhibition Industry (AKEI). The association was established in 2002 under the aim of promoting Korea’s exhibition industry, and works closely with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to support organizers, evaluate and audit, as well as operate key education programs.
Since opening in 1979, Coex has been Korea’s busiest and most prominent convention and exhibition center. Located in the heart of Seoul’s Gangnam district, Coex serves as the city’s top venue for global exchange, business, exhibitions, and conferences, as well as a space to find leisure, recreation, and top accommodation. Coex, as the leading event organizer, offers event planners a multitude of services both onsite and beyond, including the organizing of trade shows, event management and external venue management and operations.
Korea International Trade Association (KITA) is a private non-profit trade organization founded in 1946, and its goal is to contribute to the development of the Korean economy through trade and global cooperation. KITA currently runs the World Trade Center Seoul, which includes Coex Convention and Exhibition Center, Coex Mall, and many other related businesses and facilities.
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