In 1992, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee’s decision to remove gender discrimination from the company’s recruitment was considered radical. Samsung hired 250 women that year, three of whom have recently been promoted into executive positions within the company. Samsung employs 56,000 women, which is comparable to its competitors in the global market, but only 2% occupy executive roles. By 2012, the company hopes to increase the number of female executives to 10%. Women in South Korea still have a long road ahead of them before even Samsung will match IBM’s 23% female executive force or HP’s 18%, but the way is being paved by women among those first 250 who entered the company twenty years ago.
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