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Youngsuk Chi

Chairman Elsevier B.V.


Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry, and currently serves Elsevier and RELX Group in several different capacities. In his primary role as Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, and corporate responsibility for Elsevier’s parent company. As non-executive Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers and in industry associations worldwide. Additionally, Chi is the Chair of the Association of American Publishers, a US trade association that serves as a voice for over 400 consumers, educational, professional and scholarly publishers. Chi also completed 4 years of service as the President of the International Publishers Association, a global organization that represents the interests of more than 50 publishing industry association members from countries around the world, and will serve as Past President through 2016. Since 2016, Chi serves as Chaired Visiting Professor of Sungkyunkwan University.

Early in his career as Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Book Group, Chi co-founded Lightning Source, the first ever print-on-demand distributor and e-book services provider. After holding several senior executive positions at Ingram Book Group’s parent company, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House. As founding Chairman of Random House Asia, he led efforts to make Random House the first foreign trade book publisher with local language publishing in Japan and Korea. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Chi spent 13 years in IT and international banking.

Chi has served on numerous charitable, educational and industry boards, including Princeton University, the Korean American Community Foundation and McCarter Theatre. Chi is a graduate of Princeton University, Columbia University Graduate School of Business and holds a PhD (Hon) in Literature from Sejong University.