Samsung and LG: From Also-Rans to Dominance in the Consumer Electronics Industry
Thursday, April 25, 2013
12:30pm – 2:00pm EST
Warren 2nd Floor - 208
1125 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025
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Samsung and LG:

From Also-Rans to Dominance in the Consumer Electronics Industry


Robert A. Myers

Senior Vice President, Fairfield Resources International, Inc.

Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship Program, Columbia Business School

Director, Thomas Publishing Company

Former Director of Technology, IBM Japan



K. C. Park

Former CEO, eMagin Corp.

Former Executive VP, LG Electronics

Former Managing Director, Technical Operations Group, IBM


Hugh Patrick

Director, CJEB

Lunch will be served.  Registration is required.

Today Samsung is the world leader in flat screen TV and smart phone sales. LG is second in TV sales, fifth in cell phones. Samsung fabricated its first LCD screen in 1995, well after such screens already dominated laptop computers, and had shipped its first cell phone only in 1988. LG wasn’t even founded until 1958 when it started its development of the first Korean-made radios. By 1982 it shipped its first color TV – made in the USA. In this time frame, not even twenty years ago, TV shipments were dominated by Japanese consumer manufacturers and cell phones were led by Motorola and Nokia. Mr. Myers will explore possible secrets to the Koreans’ success since the usual metrics – in particular patents, R&D investment, and low cost labor – don’t explain it. He speculates that “industrial policy” measures of the South Korean government may have been decisive.

Brief bios

Robert A. Myers joined Fairfield Resources International, Darien, CT, intellectual property and licensing consultants, in 1998 after a thirty-five year career with IBM, currently Senior Vice President. He brought to his consulting career a unique combination of intellectual property expertise, development and research management, and technical staff and consulting positions at the highest levels of IBM where his assignments included Consultant to the Senior Vice President and IBM Director of Research, Director of Technology in IBM Japan, where he was responsible for starting the IBM-Toshiba joint technology development that resulted in their joint venture, Display Technologies, Inc., and Program Director of Intellectual Property Licensing in Corporate Headquarters. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship Program at the Columbia University Business School and a Director of the Thomas Publishing Company, Inc.

Dr. Myers received his A.B. from Harvard summa cum laude in 1958, his A.M. in 1959, and his Ph.D. in 1964, all in Applied Physics. At Harvard, Dr. Myers was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. With Dr. Richard Dixon, he is an author of what is widely recognized as the authoritative paper on Who Invented the Laser and with Professor David Goodman is co-author of highly regarded studies of patents essential to wireless standards. He is an inventor of thirteen US patents and an author or co-author of more than 50 publications. During his long career he has served on many international and academic advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, the Advisory Panel to the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, and the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Systems Science at the National University of Singapore.


Most recently, Dr. K. C. Park was the CEO of eMagin Corp., a company with operations in Bellevue, Washington & Hopewell Jct., NY and a leader in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) microdisplays & virtual imaging technologies. He led the company to the position of one of the top five OLED companies in the world and received the Deloitte Award for one of the top fast growing technology companies in North America.

Prior to joining eMagin, K.C. was a board member and EVP at LG Electronics in Korea. He built up LG Electronics' business in digital products including LCDs, PDPs, computers, communications, and mobile products.

Earlier, at IBM’s Watson Research Center, K.C. managed flat panel display and semiconductor programs. He also served as Director of Display Technology with worldwide responsibility at IBM Corporate Headquarters, and he established IBM’s Technical Operations group in Korea as its Senior Managing Director. Under his management, IBM Korea became a major supplier of displays as well as semiconductor products, and he led IBM in pioneering the software industry in Korea.

K.C. has established numerous alliances and partnerships with major corporations throughout the world and has served on the boards of various corporations in Korea, Japan and the U.S.

He holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, an ScM from MIT, and an MBA with Distinction from New York University.  K.C. has published over 70 technical papers in the fields of flat-panel displays, semiconductors, superconductors, and multimedia and holds nine U.S. patents.

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Warren 2nd Floor - 208, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

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