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Distinguished Industry Leader Award 2004 - Ki Tae Lee

"For contributions and leadership in the development of the mobile communications industry and innovation in mobile communications technology."

Mr. Lee received a BS degree from InHa University in Incheon, Korea, and joined Samsung in 1973. He served various positions in Samsung Electronics including Managing Director, Senior Managing Director of Wireless Communication Division, Vice President of Wireless Data Division, Executive Vice President of Wireless Communication Division, Executive Vice President of Telecommunications Network Business, before he became the President and CEO of Telecommunications Network Business in 2001.

Mr. Lee has led the R/D teams in Samsung Electronics to successfully implement the CDMA technology to commercial products in 1996, and to develop and implement the CDMA2000 1X technology in 2000 and CDMA2000 1X EV-DO technology in 2002, respectively. Recently, his team introduced the world’s first watch phone, the first 3.2 megapixel camera phone with optical zoom, and the first Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) handset.

Mr. Lee has been serving as the President of Cell Phone Advisory Council since 2001, the Vice Chairman of Chinese Advisory Council for the Federation of Korea Industries since 2002, the Chair of Korea Association of Photonics Industry Development since 2002, and a Vice President of Korea Society for Engineering Education (KSEE) since 2003. Mr. Lee has launched the 4 th Generation Mobile Communications Forum in 2003 and is now serving as a Vice General Chair of the IEEE International Conference of Communications (ICC 2005).

Mr. Lee received Korea Bronze Medal for Contribution to Industry in 1998, the CEO of the Year for Production Innovation Award in 2001, Information Community Award in 2001, Information & Telecommunication Grand Award in 2003, and the Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit in 2003 from the Korean Government. He was listed as one of “The Stars of Asia ” by Business Week magazine in May 2002 and selected as “The Best CEO” by Korea Management Association. Mr. Lee is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea.