President Yoon Suk-yeol appointed Rep. Cho Tae-yong of the People Power Party who was served as a former vice foreign minister, as South Korea's new ambassador to the United States, a presidential official said on May 17.
Yoon also named Paik Kyong-ran, a professor of infectious diseases at Sungkyunkwan University, as new head of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
Kim So-young, a professor of economics at Seoul National University, was appointed as the vice chairman of the Financial Services Commission.
Rep. Cho Tae-yong, a former diplomat familiar with the U.S. and North Korean nuclear issues, has served as the head of the Korean Peninsula Peace Relations Headquarters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the 1st Vice Foreign Minister, and the 1st Deputy Director of the National Security Office. He entered the 21st National Assembly as a proportional representative.
Professor Paik Kyung-ran, who was appointed as the first director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, served as a member of the social welfare and culture subcommittee at the Presidential Transition Committee.
At the recommendation of Ahn Cheol-soo, the transition chairperson, she participated in the transition committee and played a role in designing a new COVID-19 quarantine system. She served as president of the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases.
She is known as a classmate of Kim Mi-kyung, a professor at Seoul National University, who is Chairman Ahn's one-year college junior and spouse of Ahn.
Professor Kim So-Young served as a member of the Economics 1st Subcommittee.
He served as a director of the Korean Economic Association, an advisor to the Bank for International Settlements, and the secretary general of the Korean Economic Association.