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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, LARGE Edition! (Part IV): Chen Gui and Dr. Chin Dae-je - Former Korean Politician-turned CEO of SkyLake Investment Company


Chin Dae-je (Hangul/Hanja/Romanization: 진대제/陳大濟/Jin Dae-je; Born: January 20th 1952 in Uiryeong County, Southern Gyeongsang Province) is the Chief Executive Officer of Skylake Incuvest & Co. Prior to founding the firm in 2006, he was a Chair Professor at Korea Information and Communication University and Kwangwoon University since 2006. He is a member of Yeoyang Jin Clan (여양 진씨/驪陽陳氏), a clan which is originated from the Commune of Janggok-myeon, Hongseong County, Southern Chungcheong Province, where a speed skater, Jin Sun-yu and the famous Korean critic, Jin Joong-kwon are originated from the same clan as the CEO of Skylake Incuvest. 

He attended Gyeonggi High School and then studied Electronic Engineering at Seoul National University (B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, class of '76), the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, class of '79) and Stanford University (Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, class of '83).

Previously, Dr. Chin served as a Minister for the Ministry of Information and Communication, Republic of Korea from 2003 to 2006. He resigned from the government in early 2006 and ran for the governorship of Gyeonggi Province on the ruling Uri Party ticket. However he lost to Kim Moon-soo, the candidate of Grand National Party, as part of the widespread electoral revolt against the incumbent ruling party. He was however the only candidate to collect more than 30% of the votes by a ruling Uri-party candidate in all of the contests in the whole nation, except Former Governor Kim Wan-ju of Northern Jeolla Province. In prior to his defeat in the 4th Korean Republic General Elections, Dr. Chin started a VC/private equity fund, Skylake Incuvest & Co, focusing on ICT sector investment in October 2006.

In addition, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Digital Media and Samsung Electronics from year 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, Dr. Chin served as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of System LSI, Samsung Electronics from 1997 to 1999 and as the acting Chief Technology Officer of Samsung Electronics from 1997 to 1999. Previously, he served as Vice President and Senior Vice President of Semiconductor Samsung Electronics from 1985 to 1996, as a Research Engineer of IBM Watson Lab USA from 1983 to 1985, and HP IC Lab USA from 1981 to 1983.

Currently, Dr. Chin serves as Director of Amicus Wireless Technology, Inc. He is the author of “Computer Aided VLSI Design, Manage Your Passion“. He received the Samsung Technology Grand Prize in 1987 and 1989, Korea Award of Science & Technology in 1997 and The King Sejong Grand Award (patent technology award) in 1994.