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Kwon Seon-joo

  • Title
    CEO and Chairman
  • Affiliation
    Industrial Bank of Korea
  • Country
    South Korea
  • Age

Kwon made history in 2013 when President Park Geun Hye nominated her as the first female CEO of a Korean bank, the country’s fourth largest with $200 billion in assets and almost 13,000 employees. The English literature major has stemmed the mounting losses at the state-owned entity and delivered strong earnings, in part through expansion in the small and midsize loan market. The bank’s profits were up 20%, to $1.2 billion in 2014, and the IBK lifer is branching out overseas. Her goal: to become one of the world’s top 100 banks by assets in 2016. —Rupali Arora

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South Korea
Previous Rank15

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Market Value (as of 09/01/15)