Korean Consul General Addresses Korean Chamber in Atlanta Savannah’s Creative Coast Initiative Wins Development Award Delta Names Former Gucci CEO as New Board Member Viscom International Announces New Hire Paul Hastings Expands its International Corporate Law Practice
Korean Consul General Addresses Korean Chamber in Atlanta
Korea’s consul general in Atlanta, Lee Kwang Jae, addressed the Korea-Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the first time at a recent luncheon, where he praised Georgia’s growing ties with Korea.
“The tendency will continue for Korean investment in Georgia. Our government is aware of the importance of the Southeast and especially Georgia,” Mr. Lee said.
“Investments by Korean companies are growing, which is evidence of the hard work of the Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” he added, citing Korea-based LG Chem’s new $40 million plant in Adairsville as an example of Korean investment here.
Mr. Lee also mentioned Korea’s $30 million contribution to victims of Hurricane Katrina as a sign of his country’s gratitude for American assistance in the Korean War. Several war veterans were present at the luncheon.
He said the Kesong Industrial Complex, a special investment zone in North Korea that is being operated by South Korean companies, is a pilot project for North-South Korea relations. The idea, he said, is to eventually be able to open the industrial space to outside investment.
Future development in North Korea, however, depends on dismantlement of its nuclear project, which should lead to further foreign investment in the entire East Asian region, Mr. Lee added.
Mr. Lee was previously director general of the Korean kovernment’s Middle East and Africa Bureau in Seoul, Korea. He served as Korean consul general to Argentina from 2000-02.
Contact Angie Levin at (404) 894-3199 for more information about the Korea Southeast chamber, or contact the Korean Consulate General in Atlanta at (404) 522-1611.
Savannah’s Creative Coast Initiative Wins Development Award
Savannah’s Creative Coast Initiative, a program aimed at attracting high-tech and creative industries to Georgia’s coast, won the International Economic Development Council’s technology-based economic development award during a ceremony in Chicago, Sept. 27.
The initiative also received an honorable mention for its 2004 Economic Summary and Analysis Report from the council during its annual meeting, which took place Sept. 25-28. The report describes the Creative Coast’s methodology of targeting knowledge-based businesses, which include graphic and visual design houses, media production, the arts and other creative industries that work with high-tech partners.
The not-for-profit, private-public partnership cultivates creative and technical businesses in the Savannah region by acting as a one-stop shop for information and resources needed by businesses relocating to the area.
More information about the initiative can be found at www.TheCreativeCoast.org. Visit www.iedconline.org for information about the International Economic Development Council or contact Jill Frick, communications director at (202) 942-9453 or email@example.com
Delta Names Former Gucci CEO as New Board Member
Delta Air Lines Inc. has elected Domenico De Sole, former president and CEO of Gucci Group N.V. to its board of directors.Mr. De Sole also served as chairman of Gucci’s management board from 1995 to 2004. He joined Gucci in 1984 as CEO of Gucci America and became chief operating officer of Gucci Group in 1994. Prior to joining Gucci, he was a partner with the law firm Patton, Boggs L.L.P.
Italy-born, Mr. De Sole graduated with a law degree from the University of Rome in Italy and earned a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. De Sole serves on the board of directors for Bausch & Lomb Inc., The Gap Inc. and TelecomItalia S.p.A. and is a member of the Harvard Law School Advisory Board.
Contact Delta at (404) 715-2554 for more information.
Viscom International Announces New Hire
Atlanta-based Viscom International Inc., maker of BESTTM Mexico brand of prepaid phone cards, announced that Gregg Gallagher has joined the company as a national account executive.
Mr. Gallagher is to be responsible for expanding Viscom’s distribution network throughout the United States. Prior to joining Viscom, Gallagher was the Southeast district manager for FOCUS Brands’ Carvel division in Atlanta. He also has worked as a general manager for an Atlanta-based food service franchise and as a sales manager/group coordinator for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santiago, Chile.
Viscom International produces and markets prepaid phone cards designed for Mexicans living in the U.S. to call home. For more information on Viscom and BEST Mexico, visit www.viscominternational.com.
Paul Hastings Expands its International Corporate Law Practice
The law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP announced the addition of nine new attorneys to its international corporate practice in Atlanta.
Four partners – Scott Hobby, Tinley Anderson, Derek Johnston and Chuck Hollis – were added, plus Jay Miller joined the firm as senior counsel, along with four associates.
All of the new attorneys were previously with Hunton & Williams LLP and specialize in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and governance and outsourcing and systems integration arrangements.
The group handles domestic and international cases in Canada, Central and South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and India.
Paul Hastings has 350 corporate attorneys located in 17 offices worldwide.