Dr. Inhyok Cha is currently Group Chief Digital Transformation Officer (CDO) at Seoul, Korea based CJ Corporation, a US $40B diversified conglomerate with broad business areas covering food, food bio, logistics, media contents production and distribution, retail & commerce, and others In this role Dr. Cha leads CJ group's strategies and executions of various digital transformation initiatives for improvements of existing businesses as well as creation of new businesses. Dr. Cha joined the CJ group in September 2019. Since Jan 2020, Dr. Cha is also CEO of Olive Networks, the IT and SW company of the CJ Groupwith 2019 revenues of apprx. $400M USD.
Prior in 2019. Dr. Cha was a senior executive advisor at SK Telecom (SKT), Seoul, Korea, advising CEOs and other leaders of SK Telecom and other SK Group companies on matters of global technology and business issues and opportunities. Formerly still at SKT, Dr. Cha led strategic efforts to discover companies world-wide for future growth of SK Telecom, and led strategic investing and partnering efforts with global thought leaders in the areas of AI, Blockchain and Smart City. Prior still, Dr. Cha was in charge of the IoT Business Divisions with annual P/L responsibilities exceeding $700M USD, Digital Transformation Center, and Platform R&D Center, since he joined SK Telecom in Jan 2016.
Outside of SK Telecom, Dr. Cha has been serving since 2017 as the Chair of External Partnerships Workgroup in the National Smart City Special Committee under the 4th Industrial Revolution Commission formed directly by Korean Presidential Office, and he is also currently serving as the Principal Assistant Planner of Busan National Pilot Smart City project, focusing on realizing strategic global partnerships to build and sustain innovative new smart city together. Dr. Cha received minister's recognition from the Korean Government’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport for his contributions in master-planning and leading development of global partnerships for the Korean National Pilot Smart City project. Dr. Cha is a frequently invited speaker and recognized thought leader in smart cities globally.
Previously yet, Dr. Cha headed various departments with missions to develop and launch new businesses leveraging innovative technologies related to AI, Big Data, Analytics, In1dustrial IoT and advanced cryptography at Samsung SDS in Korea between 2011 and 2015. He also led various technology and standardization organizations in mobile communication technology and systems at his prior employers including Lucent Technologies Bell Labs and InterDigital, Inc .in the the U.S.
Dr. Cha is an internationally cited inventor with more than 100 US published and applied patents in areas including wireless communication, IoT, analytics and trusted computing. Dr. Cha holds a B.S.(1988) and a M.S. (1990) in Electronic Engineering from Seoul National University in Korea, and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering (1995), with focus on neural networks and machine learning for communication systems, from University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.