Heekyung (Jo) Min

Heekyung (Jo) Min


Executive Vice President at CJ Chieiljedang


Hee-Kyung's role, as a business leader and social innovator, is to create a sustainable future for CJ Group by driving and coordinating CSV and CSR efforts.

East Asia

Dr. Heekyung (Jo) Min is the Executive Vice President of Global CSV Management at CJ Cheiljedang Corporation in Korea. By overseeing the integration of CJ’s core values with new corporate endeavors, she has helped accelerate social and business innovation at the company. As a head of the company’s Social Responsibility Division, she is in charge of CJ Welfare Foundation and CJ Culture Foundation.

Much of her recent work has focused on promoting the importance of sustainable business around the globe. Her commitment to creating shared value was developed through her experience in both the public and private sectors. In her role as the Director General of the Business Opportunity and Investment Promotion Bureau at the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in Incheon, Korea, she was responsible for attracting foreign investment to facilitate the building a new city bordering Seoul. She has also had extensive experience in finance, HR, and cross-cultural management consulting while living and working in New York, Tokyo, and London.

At CJ, she was responsible for the CJ-KOICA Saemaul CSV project, a very successful rural development venture in the Ninh Thuan province, one of the poorest regions of Vietnam. The project involved providing smallholder farmers with the technology and techniques required for chili farming, and building a processing plant. In 2014, she was recognized by the Korean Minister of the Interior for her contributions to rural development in Vietnam, and the project was selected as one of the most innovative projects to watch in Fortune magazine’s 2016 “Change the World” list. CJ Group was selected in the Fortune “Change the World” list, again in 2017, for its ‘Senior Parcel Delivery Project,’ which created jobs for retired senior citizens.

She has spoken at many CSR forums, including the CSR Asia forums in Tokyo and Hong Kong. She spoke at the Grow Asia Convention during the World Economic Forum ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2018, the Inclusive Business Forum in Seoul organized by IFC, and the Inclusive Business Forum organized by ADB in Manila in 2016.

She has been involved various other innovative, social development projects especially in women’s issues.  Through a strategic partnership with UNESCO, CJ has been helping empower young girls in eleven developing countries by providing access to quality education. In 2017, she received UNESCO’s Certification of Appreciation for promoting girls’ education globally.

In 2014, she received a commendation from the Korean Minister of Gender Equality and Family for her efforts to promote gender equality in the workplace.  She was selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Korean Business by Forbes Korea magazine in 2015.

She holds a Ph. D from Seoul Business School (aSSIST), an MBA from Columbia University, and a BA in music from Seoul National University.



CJ CheilJedang is the core subsidiary in charge of the food and bioengineering business sectors of the CJ Group in Korea. It has led the development of the Korean food industry for the past 60 years and contributed to the development of the bioengineering industry as the nation’s top food company.

Launched in 1953 as the first manufacturing company of the Samsung group, CJ CheilJedang has expanded its business to processed foods. CJ group separated from Samsung Group in 1996. CJ CheilJedang is growing into a world-class food company through the development of high-quality convenience foods with advanced food processing technology, cultivation of Korean food brands based on K-Food culture, development of future food resource varieties, selection of function microorganisms, and development of differentiated food materials. CJ CheilJedang is striving to go beyond being the No. 1 in Korea to becoming a global leader in each business sector.