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Greetings, Changes, Best Wishes and Happy New Year

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Michael Paik
I am pleased to join The Asia-Pacific Business & Technology Report as Managing Editor.

Beginning with this issue, I will also be contributing this monthly column (“New & Notable”) on innovation in Asia, covering technology, fashion, legal and business issues relating to the dynamic economies of the Asia-Pacific. In addition, I’ll follow developing long-term stories such as the recent attack on South Korea and its free trade agreement with the United States, which are intriguing and important in and of themselves, but also inter-related in more interesting ways.

H ere in Asia, it’s customary to provide a detailed introduction, and I’ll do so here, once, before focusing on the many more substantive issues to come. My background is in consulting and law, and I’ve served as counsel to many US and European start-ups and venture capital funds while at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Palo Alto) and US investment banks while at Cahill Gordon & Reindel (NY ). My previous work includes serving as Senior Vice President of Risk Management at STX Europe, Chief Technology Officer at Seoul National University’s R&DB Foundation, Director of Technology Incubation at SNU ’s College of Engineering, General Counsel & Director of the Global Legal Department at STX Corporation and General Counsel at Hankook Tire Company, as well as the Inje Foundation / Paik Hospitals, where I continue to serve as a Trustee. I’ve been Counsel to the Korean Venture Capital Association, the Korean Nurses’ Association and the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, as well as Samsung Electronics, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, LG Electronics, LG Venture Investments and several other Korean companies.

Mainly, I solved problems for clients, usually on a short-term engagement, sometimes by embedding myself into their organization, but mostly as an outside counsel or consultant, like a plumber. For embedded engagements, rather than acting as a management consultant, I’d step into a role within the client company, as a consulting manager.

I ’ve also taught extensively, as a Professor at Yonsei University’s College of Law, the Judicial Research & Training Institute, and Seoul National University’s College of Engineering. I graduated from Syracuse University (BA, Economics, 1991), Yale University (MBA, 1995) and Columbia University (JD, 1998). Finally, I hold a Distinguished Chair at Inje University’s College of Arts & Sciences, in the Department of Law.

T he Asia-Pacific Business & Technology Report is the first Korea-based international business, technology and innovation magazine in English, and also the first magazine to offer a special focus on emerging Asian markets, especially India, Korea, China and Southeast Asia, in these fields. The Report is read by business, thought and government leaders in over 27 countries, e.g. United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India China, Japan and many other European and Asian countries, by over 160,000 professionals monthly in business, technology, diplomacy, journalism, policy studies and in government sectors.

My goals for the Report in 2011 are to near-double the distributive reach to over 50 countries, as well as the readership to over 300,000 professionals. We’ll also be working with the format a bit, for both print and digital formats, so please bear with us until that is completed. If you have suggestions in this regard, or otherwise, we’d welcome your comments via email..

F inally, we’re actively seeking contributing journalists, and I’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to our readership for potential articles. It’s very likely that what you’re interested in writing about is of interest to readers like you, and we’d appreciate your you sharing your perspective, news and information with our community.

W hat’s new and notable, then, for January 2011, is me, our goals and an outreach for content and comments, and again, I am honored and pleased to join The Report’s team. I look forward to getting to know you, the readership, and wish you a healthy, prosperous and harmonious 2011.

I can be reached at contact@biztechreport.com, and my hope is that responding to your letters will be a regular part of my work for The Report.

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