As of January 5, 2015, Dal-Ho (Duke) Cho, has been appointed President and Managing Director of WACKER Chemicals Korea. He is succeeding Mr. Han-Hyung (Matt) Cho who has been President of WACKER Chemicals Korea since January 2009. During the past 6 years, WACKER Chemicals Korea has developed remarkably and has strengthened its local presence. A new Center of Excellence Electronics (COEE) has opened in Pangyo, South Korea with reinforced R&D force and service capabilities. Also, WACKER expanded its vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production site in Ulsan, South Korea, enabling the company to meet increased customer demand for its high-quality dispersions.
Dal-Ho (Duke) Cho studied Chemical Engineering at Cheonnam National University and also holds MBA degree from Choongbuk National University in South Korea. He started his professional career from 1987 at Dow Corning Korea as R&D specialist. Dal-Ho (Duke) led several strategic global business developments for Asia and USA region and worked in the headquarter of Dow Corning in Midland Michigan, USA, as the global Xiameter rubber trader and America Area commercial director for silicone rubber business. In 2005, he was appointed President of Dow Corning Korea, and became Managing Director of Dow Corning Nederland in 2009. Before joining WACKER Chemicals Korea, he worked as consultant at the trading company Besconn.
“I am honored to be in charge of WACKER Chemicals Korea and glad to join the WACKER Group, a leading global chemical company with 100 years of history,” Dal-Ho (Duke) Cho said in a statement. “I think the successful development of WACKER’s business in Korea has been enabled by the enthusiasm and effort of Han-Hyung (Matt) Cho and all employees of WACKER Chemicals Korea. Together with our entire team, I will try to do my best to support our customers in the region even better in the future and contribute to WACKER’s sustainable development and success in South Korea.”
WACKER in South Korea
WACKER has been supplying chemicals to South Korea since the mid-1980s. In 1996, it set up WACKER Chemicals Korea as its subsidiary there. Since early 2008, WACKER’s site in Ulsan (southeastern Korea) has been producing VAE dispersions and providing local support to customers and partners through its technical center for research and applications engineering. In 2010, WACKER acquired the South Korean Lucky-Silicone brand – used mainly for producing and marketing silicone sealants for the construction sector. In early 2012, WACKER completed the expansion and relocation of its technical labs and offices to a new regional competence center near South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The competence center brings together R&D activities, applications technology and the WACKER ACADEMY, a training facility that focuses on silicone and polymer applications.