Send to

E-Land Group appoints younger CEOs in push for online sales

New shakeup reflects a push to appeal to younger consumers

July 19, 2021 - 15:08 By Yim Hyun-su
An Young-hun has been appointed to lead E-Land Retail. (E-Land Group)
E-Land Group said on Monday that it has appointed two new CEOs for its fashion and food affiliates E-Land Retail and E-Land Eats.

An Young-hun, a 40-year-old who has led overseas business in China and Europe since joining the company in 2007, will lead the retail arm of E-Land Group.

Having helped raise womenswear brand E-Land’s annual revenue to some 400 billion won ($348.8 million) in China, he was also promoted to become chief human resources officer earlier this year.

Hwang Sung-yun, who has been tapped to head the food business, joined the company in 2008 and has played a key role in expanding restaurant chain Ashley‘s presence since.

During the coronavirus pandemic, he was credited for focusing on home meal replacement and delivery service as well as increasing Ashley Queens locations – a premium version of the chain.

Hwang Sung-yun has been tapped as CEO of E-Land Eats. (E-Land Group)
“The shakeup comes as the group seeks to speed up the process of preparing for innovation for the next 40 years by appointing younger leaders who can better understand and communicate with millennials and Gen Z,” one official at the company said.

“We are banking on the new leaders to move things online and pursue new projects to create a brand new start,” the official said.

In 2019, E-Land Park, the E-Land Group affiliate that runs hotels and resorts, appointed Yoon Sung-dae as CEO.

The then 38-year-old, who joined the company in 2006, was taped in the hopes of drawing on his finance background to play a key role in improving the hospitality affiliate’s financial stability.

In the same year, Choi Wan-sik was tapped as CEO of E-Land World’s fashion division.

Choi saw sports footwear brand New Balance rack up over 500 billion won in annual sales last year during his tenure.

E-Land acquired licensing rights to the American brand in South Korea in 2006.