In 1964, during his third year in college, Lee was elected president of the student council.That year, Lee participated in student demonstrations against President Park Chung-hee's Seoul-Tokyo Talks, taking issue with Japanese restitution for the colonization of the Korean Peninsula.; born 19 December 1941) is a South Korean politician and businessman who served as President of South Korea from 2008 to 2013.Before his election as president, he was the CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, as well as the mayor of Seoul from 1 July 2002, to 30 June 2006.In 1988, he was named chairman of Hyundai Construction at the age of 47.Soon after the successful completion of the Pattani-Narathiwat Highway by Hyundai Construction, Korea's construction industry began to focus its efforts on encouraging the creation of new markets in countries such as Vietnam and the Middle East.
Lee became a company director at the age of 29 – only five years after he joined the company – and CEO at age 35, becoming Korea's youngest CEO ever.
This is not just because Korean organizations are structured differently than Western ones; you'll also find that even the same jobs at the same level in the organization can sometimes imply different responsibilities.
I'd like to point out too that Koreans aren't always helpful here since they tend to inflate their English job titles. ) company recently where, of the ten business cards I was given by my Korean counterparts, every one but the president's card listed him or her one rank higher in English than his/her card in Korean!
In 1945, after the end of World War II, his family returned to his father's hometown of Pohang, in Gyeongsangbuk-do in the American-occupied portion of the Korean Peninsula.
Lee's sister, Lee Ki-sun, believed that they smuggled themselves into the country in order to avoid having the officials confiscate the property they acquired in Japan.