Rim to Receive AIS Leadership Excellence Award
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Posted by: Brook Pritchett
The Association for Information Systems will honor Ji-Hoon Rim, Chief Executive Officer, Kakao, with the Association for Information Systems Leadership Excellence Award at the 38th Annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Seoul, South Korea.
Rim is being recognized for spearheading innovation in communication, commerce, and content. Under his leadership, Kakao has strengthened core-businesses powered by the company’s signature mobile messaging platform Kakao Talk and developed new growth engines by investing in fintech, smart mobility and artificial intelligence.
The continued evolution of Kakao Talk has been one of Rim’s key focuses. Kakao Talk Store, a new service that allows for buying and selling via the Plus Friend platform, is scheduled to launch within the year. Rim has also built strong future growth engines for Kakao by co-operating with partners to create an artificial intelligence platform. The company is incorporating its Kakao I technology into automobiles, apartments, offline stores, consumer electronics and home services. The technology is currently being employed in Daum News as well as a number of content and commerce platforms.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of Kakao in 2015, Rim was the founder and CEO of K Cube Ventures, and served as a Principal at Softbank Ventures Korea. He has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group, NHN, and Accenture.
The AIS Leadership Excellence Award recognizes the achievements of industry leaders. Recipients are selected by a committee consisting of a chairperson, the current, immediate past, and elected presidents of AIS, the AIS executive director, and the ICIS conference chair. The committee solicits nominations and then evaluates each nominee.
The Association for Information Systems, founded in 1994, is a professional organization that serves as the premier global organization for academics, students and professionals specializing in Information Systems. ICIS is the most prestigious meeting of AIS, which has more than 4,500 members representing academics in more than 95 countries worldwide. This year, approximately 1,300 academic professionals from around the world will participate in the conference program.