President Yoon Suk-yeol announced the selection of Korean ambassadors to Japan, China, Russia and the U.N., and the first Financial Services Commission on June 7.
As a result, the selection of the four-strong ambassadors of the United States, Japan, China, and Russia has been completed.
Yoon Deok-min, a chair professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, was selected as the ambassador to Japan. Yoon graduated from the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and received a doctorate in law from Keio University in Japan.
He served as the head of the National Institute of Foreign Affairs during the Park Geun-hye government. He also served as a member of the Future Foreign Affairs and Security Subcommittee of the Future Planning Committee under the president.
Chung Jae-ho, a professor of foreign affairs at Seoul National University who was named ambassador to China, graduated from the Department of Korean Language Education at Seoul National University and earned a doctorate in political science from Michigan University. He served as the head of the China Institute and the head of the Institute for International Studies at Seoul National University.
Jang Ho-jin, a chair professor at Korea Maritime University, was appointed as ambassador to Russia. Jang served as the director of the North American Bureau of the Foreign Ministry and the president's foreign affairs secretary.
At the same time, President Yoon nominated Hwang Joon-kook, a visiting professor at Hallym University, as ambassador to the U.N.. Hwang graduated from the Department of Economics at Seoul National University and passed the 16th Foreign Affairs Examination to start his public career. He served as ambassador to Britain and chief of the Peace Negotiations Headquarters on the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Joo-hyun, chairman of the Credit Finance Association, was nominated as the first chairman of the Financial Services Commission. Kim, a graduate of Seoul National University's economics department, served as president of the Korea Deposit Insurance Corp. and secretary general of the Financial Services Commission.