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Doosan Robotics named William (Junghoon) Ryu as its chief executive officer. Ryu joined the board of directors on July 1, 2021, leaving his role as VP of the corporate strategy office at parent company Doosan Group.
Ryu is expected to enhance technological collaboration with the parent company’s new business areas, while initiating more customer-oriented businesses to expand collaborative robot applications and advance robotics technology.
“I am honored to take on the leadership role at Doosan Robotics and join forces with the incredible team, aiming to drive innovation and growth of the company to become number one in the robotics industry,” said Ryu. “Doosan Robotics is a young and uprising organization. I am excited for more agile practices to accelerate servicing our products to customers in the market with breakneck speed of changes.”
Prior to this position, Ryu built over 20-years of successful track record in key business functions, including finance, strategy, marketing, and new business development. Beginning as an in-house business consultant at Doosan Group in 2007, he took part in the company’s M&A projects and was heavily involved in the post-merger integration process of Doosan’s affiliates. He also worked across the subsidiaries on new product development and open entry while initiating efforts to achieve operational excellence.
Transitioning to sales lead for Doosan Infracore, Ryu oversaw the entire construction equipment market channels in China. In the recent five years, he ushered in Doosan Group into the next era of innovation, incubating and accelerating new business fields, including robotics, drones, and logistics solutions.
Ryu graduated from Sogang University in Seoul with a degree in business administration and completed his MBA from the University of Michigan.
Doosan Robotics was founded in 2015 by Doosan Group, which was established in 1896 and is one of the oldest and largest companies in South Korea, specializing in machinery, plant engineering and component materials. In 2020, it released four cobots in its A Series and another two new cobots in the H Series.