Miky Lee (Mie Kyung Lee) is the Vice Chairwoman of the CJ Group. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the CJ Group’s entertainment and media division. Alongside her brother, Jay Lee, the Chairman of the CJ Corporation, Ms. Lee founded the entertainment and media division of CJ in 1994 after leading CJ to become one of the founding investors in DreamWorks SKG. Since then, CJ has built many influential companies in Korea’s entertainment and media industry, among them CJ CGV and CJ ENM, each of which holds the distinction of being the leader in its specialized industry. CJ CGV is the first and largest multiplex chain in Korea and CJ ENM is a global entertainment and retail company.
With the success of the entertainment and media industry in Korea, Ms. Lee is committed to building a global common ground to bring about positive change throughout the cultural industry. She continues to travel around the globe in an effort to strengthen CJ’s presence for the global expansion of its business.
In 2017, Ms. Lee was named as new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which awards the annual Oscars. She was also selected as one of the 16 leaders of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), which is a part of the World Bank. Ms. Lee is the only Korean member in the group and serves as an inspiration to women entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining CJ, Ms. Lee served as the director of Samsung Electronics America, spearheading cultural and educational projects. She established the Parsons School of Design in Seoul and oversaw the formation of a branch of Pasadena’s Arts Center College of Design for Samsung.
Ms. Lee has been widely recognized for leading the largest entertainment group in Korea and for her global vision. She was selected as one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1997. During the 2006 Women’s World Awards, she became the first Asian woman to be awarded the World Business Award. She was also selected as one of the leading executives in the film industry by Variety in its Women’s Impact Report 2006. In 2007, she received the CEO of the Year Award from the Korean Management Association in recognition of her work managing one of the largest companies in Korea. In 2012 and 2014, she was on the Forbes Asia list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen. In 2020, Ms. Lee participated as the executive producer of “Parasite” that won 4 Oscars for Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film and Writing.
Ms. Lee has always had a deep interest in education and cross-cultural affairs. She earned her B.A. in 1981 at Seoul National University. She studied Chinese language and linguistics at Taiwan National University (1981-1983) and Japanese language at Japan’s Keio University (1984). In 1986, Ms. Lee received her M.A. in Asian studies from Harvard University. At Harvard, she served as a Korean language teaching fellow for three years. She also studied Chinese literature and history at Fudan University in China.
Miky Lee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and is the first grandchild of B.C. Lee (Lee Byung-chul), the founder of CJ and the Samsung Group.