Nam Gi-chan to head Busan Port

Nam Gi-chan
Nam Gi-chan

Nam Gi-chan, a professor at Korea Maritime University, has been appointed the new CEO of Busan Port Authority.

Busan is South Korea’s busiest port and the transhipment hub of northeast Asia.

Busan Port Authority’s CEOs serve a three-year term.

Nam, 58, who succeeds Woo Ye-jong, was born in Andong in North Gyeongsang province and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Korea Maritime University. He went on to do his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom, focusing on shipping and logistics.

During his academic career, Nam served on various committees with Busan Port Authority and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. His role included advising on the redevelopment of Busan North Port.

Commenting on Nam’s appointment, the minister of oceans and fisheries, Kim Young-choon, said, “Nam’s wealth of knowledge and abilities are expected to benefit the development of Busan Port.”

Nam said in his inauguration speech on 30 August that he would create work-life balance for employees while advancing the growth of Busan port.

He said, “Internally, we respect people and humanity and we will enhance the work culture. In addition, we will make all efforts to encourage innovation in the areas of safety, environment, and job creation.”