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Gene Kim
As a global business operations executive, Gene has a proven success rate of turning around stressed organizations into profitable companies.

At a Glance

  • Director, Professor, CEO, CFO, COO, GM, Project Manager, Consultant, Buyer
  • Building and executing business strategies
  • Capital raising and initial public offering (IPO)
  • Executing deals on JVs and M&A with global partners
  • Negotiating and executing complicated global sales and supply contracts with multiple parties
  • Building talents, managing and leading operations
  • Building large scale factories and running high-technology manufacturing operations
  • Corporate references: Nexolon, Diamond Ogilvy Group, Haansoft Inc., Free Markets Inc., Boston Consulting Group, Boeing

Key Leadership Accomplishments

  • Led a successful start-up operation by signing contracts with leading Korean and multi-national corporations to deliver significant cost savings in clients’ procurement spend
  • Fiscally turned around a company after three years of consecutive loss nearing $100 million to a profit of $10 million
  • Led major integration of three network agencies (Diamond, Ogilvy & Mather, and Bates) to improve business performance by increasing scale and service level to current and future clients, pooling resources, and improving specialization while reducing duplication and waste


Gene Kim has decades of experience serving as a director of operations for businesses around the world. As a global business operations executive has a proven success rate of turning around stressed organizations into profitable companies. In 2004, Gene was named “CFO of the Year” by Korea CFO club for transforming the financial performance of Haansoft Inc. into one of the highest operating profit ratios in Kosdaq. Gene was instrumental in reducing the company’s operating cash expenditure in non-core areas and was able to acquire more than $40 million in cash balance through equity offering and disposal of non-performing fixed assets. As CEO of Nexolon, the world’s fifth largest ingot/wafer manufacturer, Gene grew the company’s revenue 8.4 times from $60 million in 2008, to $510 million in 2011. He also executed more than $4 billion dollars of long-term sales contracts with major customers and increased operating profits by 3.5 times from $11 million in 2008 to $40 million in 2010. Gene holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, as well as an Executive MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University. He has taught Business Consulting at the University of Washington and is currently the director for the Center for Professional Development at Seattle Pacific University.