Board Members

Chris Raciti, Chair
Chris Raciti, ChairCEO, ANZ
Chris Raciti is CEO of ANZ Korea, commenced in November 2017 . As CEO Korea, Chris is responsible for leading the Korean franchise, driving Korean corporate relationships across the region and growing ANZ’s access to Korean FI liquidity.

Chris will be relocating to Seoul from Hong Kong where he has held senior roles in ANZ’s market leading Loan Syndication and Structured Finance business. He has been with ANZ for more than 15 years, primarily within the Institutional business in Australia, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Chris holds a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Chris has also studied in Korea and Japan.

Jo Billing, Vice Chair
Jo Billing, Vice ChairDirector & Co-CEO, JOST & Co
Jo is the co-founder and co-CEO of JOST & Co – a people-focused management consulting organisation. Jo is a veteran and pioneer of organisational change as we know it today, having worked in the change management industry for over 20 years across a vast span of industries, countries and cultures. This includes Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the US for companies such as Lonely Planet Publications, Andersen Consulting, ANZ Bank and BP.

With a genuine love and curiosity for understanding and motivating people, she has developed and delivered a multitude of methodologies and leadership development courses throughout her esteemed career. Jo has consistently established innovative ways to increase employee and client engagement and unleash the true potential of leaders across a broad range of organisations.

Jo is known for her optimistic attitude and genuine love and curiosity for people.

Sean Sutton, Vice Chair
Sean Sutton, Vice ChairCEO, Schindler Elevators Korea
Sean is currently the CEO of Schindler Elevator Company in Korea and his responsibilities include the operations in Korea and the provision of urban mobility solutions such as the elevators and escalator/ moving walkways at Incheon Airport T2.

Prior to this position Sean was Exec Vice President at Samsung Construction and Trading in Korea from Nov 2012 to Jan 2016 as Division head of the Global mechanical and electrical business, working on infrastructure and building projects globally.

Sean was previously the President of Vestas Asia Pacific Wind Technology Systems based in Singapore from 2009 – 2012 and his responsibilities included the provision of large scale clean wind energy solutions for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

In 2003, he became President and CEO of Siemens Building Technologies (Korea) and three years later was promoted to oversee Siemens Building Technologies in Hong Kong and Macau. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President in Siemens (Switzerland, responsible for the global business segment for Building Automation Solution business).

His education includes an MBA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management at the Melbourne Business School (Australia). He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Tasmania (Australia).

Kelly Ki Jeong Lee, Treasurer
Kelly Ki Jeong Lee, TreasurerDirector, Global Relationship Group & Korea Branch Representative IFM Investors
Kelly is responsible for the firm’s Investor Relations within Korea. Kelly has more than 17 years’ experience in the private sector and international development spanning Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has worked in the life insurance, commercial banking, and asset management industry, as well as the UN system.

Prior to joining IFM Investors in November 2017, Kelly was General Manager at Samsung Life Insurance where she worked for almost 10 years. She was involved in the IPO of Samsung Life and worked in the Investor Relations team since its listing on the KRX in 2010, where she served domestic and foreign institutional investors and sell-side analysts.

Prior to Samsung Life she worked at UNDP Kenya for 2 years where she was responsible for capital markets development initiatives in Africa and capacity building for Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority and the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Prior to this she was Investor Relations Officer at Shinhan Financial Group for 4 years.

Kelly holds a BA in Western History (Korea University), an MBA from INSEAD, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tobias Jerling, Excom Advisor
Tobias Jerling, Excom AdvisorCEO, SouthTrade
I am a hard-working individual who has excellent skills in connecting people and companies to achieve a common goal. I enjoy networking and assisting growing businesses. I have a fair competency level of the Korean market, and where there are opportunities for Australian companies focused on produce etc.

I have been living in Korea for 11 years and working in the import export business for 8 of those years. I am a South African Citizen with family in Australia and I am in the process of immigrating to Australia. I own a import export company specializing in wine and spirits from South Africa and Europe. I own 3 FnB establishments in Korea and I am in the process of importing Aussie beef to Korea.

Michael Chang
Michael ChangSenior Foreign Attorney(Partner), Shin & Kim
Michael is a senior foreign attorney and partner at Shin & Kim whose principal areas of practice are finance, energy, infrastructure, M&A and employment. He studied at Melbourne University and began practice in Melbourne with Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks in 1996 (now known as Allens) and was seconded to Shin & Kim from 2002 to 2008, before returning to Allens’ Singapore office. He returned to Shin & Kim in 2010.
John Kwon
John Kwon CEO, USG Boral
Starting from 2019, I am the new face of USG Boral, a USD 1.6 Billion joint venture between Boral Limited (ASX) and USG Corporation (NYSE), which is committed to the manufacture, distribution and sale of innovative building products across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. I am accountable for the Korean operations of USG Boral, which is the leader in manufacturing wholly recycled gypsum based building materials and supplying it to the Korean market, which is the third largest market in the world. USG Boral has three of its state of the art factories located in the peninsula.

Previously I managed both the domestic and International businesses for UTC Building & Industrial Systems and Otis Korea, a Fortune 50 MNC, also in the third largest elevator market in the world. At Otis, I project managed the sale and installation of skyscrapers into many iconic buildings such as the 123 story 555m Lotte World Tower, the multi-tower and shopping complex at the IFC and the 68 story 309m NEATT Tower in Songdo City.

Before moving to Korea, I qualified as a solicitor in Sydney and worked for Clifford Chance and Kim & Chang. I am proud to have assisted on many M&A transactions enabling many Australian corporations to make in road investments into Korea and in the North Asian region.

Jeff Mannering
Jeff Mannering Manging Director, Audi Volkswagen Korea
Jeff commenced his career with Audi in 1998 in Australia and is now leading Audi Korea since September 2019. Previously responsible for the Middle East region and South East Asian markets. Jeff has gained extensive global experience and developed diverse skills in multi-cultural environments during his portfolios. Also, Jeff has been responsible for all facets of the Automotive industry, developing strategies for business growth in many countries.

The Automotive industry is currently in a rapid mode of change, with electrification, autonomous driving, digitalization and the experience of overall mobility driving the next generation of products and concepts. Sustainability of the industry itself and the environmental impact of human mobility are extremely important pillars for growth for all industries.

Jeff received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Julia Mellor
Julia MellorFounder & Director, The Sool Company
As a Korean traditional alcohol specialist and Australian business owner, I believe I have a unique perspective on doing business in Korea. I have lived in Korea for 12 years and run a business for Korean alcohol education and tourism. I work closely with breweries, service industries and Korean government promotional bodies to promote sool culture, both domestically and in Australia.
Sung Kyu (Scott) Lee
Sung Kyu (Scott) Lee Senior Partner, Kim & Chang
Scott served as a prosecutor in Korea for 20 yrs. Qualified lawyer in Korea and New York State. Served as Legal counsel, Korean Mission to UN and Ministry of Justice. Vice President of Korean Society of Mediation Studies. Member of Committees in Korean Government (ACRC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Conciliator of ICSID World Bank . Arbitrator (Korea Commercial Arbitration Board, Russian Union of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs). Attorney at Kim and Chang.
Andrew Wagner
Andrew WagnerAssociate Director, Macquarie Capital
Andrew joined Macquarie Capital in 2006 and is currently an Associate Director within Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure and Energy Group (IEG) based in Seoul. Having spent more than a decade advising clients on a range of Mergers & Acquisitions and strategic opportunities in Australia, Andrew transitioned to IEG to assist in the ongoing development of the green energy platform in Asia, based in Seoul. In September 2018, Andrew was seconded to Macquarie Capital’s 50% owned and Korean based organic food waste recycling and waste to energy platform, ReClean Holdings, as Chief Commercial Officer.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (First Class) and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Queensland. Andrew also studied at the University of British Columbia (Canada) on exchange during his undergraduate studies

Jorn Zempel
Jorn Zempel General Manager, L’Oreal Korea
Jörn Zempel (Sr Vice President / General Mgr, L’Oreal Korea)

Having recently joined the Chamber as an Individual Member, Jörn is an energetic, passionate and visionary senior general management professional with extensive global experience across all major distribution channels in the Cosmetics and FMCG industry. Currently looking after both the Active Cosmetics as well as Consumer Division for L’Oréal Korea, he is heading up such successful brands as L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, La Roche-Posay, SkinCeuticals and Vichy; and leading a team of 100+ Korean and international professionals across the departments of Marketing, Commerce, Finance, Medical detailing, as well as HR and Supply Chain.

After being born and raised in Germany, where he started his career in L’Oréal, Jörn spent almost 2 decades working in Melbourne – which he and his family now call home – and is looking forward to connecting with the Australian community here in Seoul.

Russell Wild (Ex Officio)
Russell Wild (Ex Officio)Counsellor (Economic), Australian Embassy
Russell is the Economic Counsellor at the Australian Embassy, Seoul, where he is responsible for strengthening the bilateral economic and trade relationship between Australia and the Republic of Korea.

Before commencing his posting in Korea, Russell led Australia’s legal defence of the WTO dispute brought by Indonesia in respect of Australia’s anti dumping duties on Indonesian A4 copy paper.

Prior to this, he was Director of the Sanctions Section where he worked closely on Australia’s economic sanctions on North Korea.

Previously, Russell worked as a negotiator and legal adviser on Australia’s FTAs with Thailand, Singapore, and the United States. He was also Australia’s lead negotiator in the TPP negotiations on trade remedies and pharmaceuticals. He represented Australia before the WTO Appellate Body in Australia’s successful WTO dispute against EU sugar subsidies.

Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Russell was a solicitor at a law firm in Adelaide, and then worked for the United Nations in Geneva.

In addition to his posting to Seoul, Russell has been Deputy Head of Mission in Riyadh and First Secretary (Trade and Agriculture) in Washington, DC.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.

Rod Commerford (Ex Officio)
Rod Commerford (Ex Officio)Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, Seoul, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Rod commenced his role as Austrade’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Korea and Mongolia in September 2018. His role is focused on attracting Korean investors to Australia and growing Australia’s goods and services trade to Korea and Mongolia.

Previously Rod had worked as Trade Commissioner Korea in 2016 and in Mongolia in 2010. Since his commencement with Austrade in January 2008, Rod had been Team Leader, Transport and Multilateral projects, assisting Australian Infrastructure companies’ grow in international markets and has also worked across multiple sectors, including agribusiness, resources, food and beverage. Rod also worked in Austrade’s inward investment division, helping attract productive foreign direct investment into Australia’s infrastructure, energy and agricultural sectors.

Prior to joining Austrade Rod has over 12 year’s international trade experience, including roles at Alcoa and Holden, expanding their export business units. Rod has considerable experience in trade with Asia and the Middle East.

Rod has a Bachelor of Business (Economics) from Victoria University in Melbourne