ShinWon Choi, the son of the founder of the SK, serves as the Chairman and CEO of the SK Networks, and is engaged in the distribution of energy, trade, and resource development projects within its overseas branches. Its business divisions include trading and investment, information and communication, petroleum products, car-life, fashion, and Walkerhill. He joined the SK group in 1980 and became the Vice Chairman and CEO of SK Distribution (now SK Networks) in 1998. From 2000 to early 2016, he held office as the Chairman of SKC, one of the major global companies in film and chemistry industries.
In 2005, he was awarded the International Trade Business Award from the Korea Trade Research Association. In 2006, he received the Corporation CEO Award and the IMI CEO Award each from the Korea Corporation Management Association (KOCOMA) and the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) International Management Institute (IMI). He was also honored with the Korea Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit Award in 2008.
Mr. Choi is the first Asian member to join the United Way Worldwide Leadership Council in 2012. He was among 48 leading givers compiled by Forbes Asia as ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’ in 2009. He was appointed to be the 5th and 6th Chairman of Gyeonggi Community Chest of Korea, spreading the ‘sharing and donation’ spirit in the region. Also, he leads the major donor society in Korea know as the ‘Honor Society’. He is interested in resolving various social issues, especially supporting families with diverse backgrounds and helping North Korean refugees settle down in Korean society.
Mr. Choi contributes to improving educational opportunities for teenagers in Korea. Following the will of his father and the founder of SK, the late Jong Kun Choi, Shin Won Choi donated his private funds to establishing ‘Sunkyoung Choi Jong Kun Foundation’ to support students who have financial difficulties--key to his ongoing commitment to building a better local community.
In addition, Mr. Choi has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of Brazil, in appreciation of his passion for establishing a harmonious relationship between the Republic of Korea and Brazil, as part of his role in leading the Korea Brazil Society (KOBRAS). In 2015, he received the Order of Rio Branco from the government of Brazil for his role in advancing business ties and cultural exchange between Korea and Brazil. He also became a member of the Board of Governors in Pacific Forum CSIS in 2013. Furthermore, he has been inaugurated as the Chairman of the Suwon Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Korea since 2012. In 2015, he was made the 12th Chairman of Gyeonggi Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry, as well as the Vice Chairman of Korea Chambers of Commerce & Industry.