Young Sohn is corporate president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics, where he leads the company’s strategy and new business creation efforts. In this capacity, he also serves as Chairman of the Board at HARMAN International Industries.
During his time as president and chief strategy officer, Sohn led Samsung’s $8 billion acquisition of HARMAN, pioneered the company’s strategic investments and open innovation in emerging areas including AI, digital health, IoT, autonomous mobility, and other data-driven applications of technology.
Before joining Samsung, Sohn worked in Silicon Valley building and scaling businesses in semiconductors, storage, and other core technologies. During this period, he served as chief executive of Oak Technologies, Avago (then known as Agilent), and Inphi, after leading each company through a successful IPO. As a seasoned investor, he also advised startups and fostered promising, untested innovations, helping entrepreneurs turn breakthrough ideas into thriving businesses.
Early in his career, Sohn worked with Intel to launch its first PC chipset division and formed the company’s joint venture with Samsung, laying the groundwork for the modern chipset ecosystem. Over the course of his career, he has helped establish one of the world’s largest disk drive manufacturers and overseen development of the world’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet CMOS PHY solutions. He has also served on the Boards of ARM, Synnex Corporation, Hyundai Electronics (now SK Hynix), and Cymer, Inc, and was a senior adviser to MIT Media Lab’s One Laptop Per Child initiative, which put the power of modern computing in the hands of disadvantaged children living around the globe and popularized the notion that access to the internet is a human right.
In addition to Sohn’s role at Samsung, he serves on the MIT Sloan School North America Board, is a senior advisor to the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a member of the board of directors at Cadence, Fungible, Graphcore, and is an advisor to Bitfury Group, Zoom video, and the University of California Innovation Council.
Sohn holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MS from the MIT Sloan School of Management. As an undergraduate, he served as captain of the Penn varsity fencing team, leading the team to victory at the Intercollegiate Fencing Association and Ivy League championships in 1978.
An avid outdoorsman, Sohn spends his personal time kite surfing, competing in triathlons, and hiking.
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