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Won Man Lee
Sep. 7, 1904 ~ Feb. 14. 1994
Trailblazer of Korean
Businessman-cum-Politician Who Led the Revival of Korea's ExportFormer Chairperson Won Man Lee at the time continually stressed that manufacturing is as important as agriculture and that Korea must seek its growth engine in the manufacturing industries. He contributed to the creation of the framework for Korea's main economic policies by voicing the importance of the focus on export and industrial complexes. In 1963, he assumed the position of the chairperson of the organizing committee for the Korea Export Industrial Corporation and led the creation of the present-day Guro Industrial Complex and Gumi Industrial Complex. Lee, often dubbed the pioneer of the export boom of Korea, received the Presidential Prize in 1968; the Silver Tower Industrial Medal in 1977; and the Gold Tower Industrial Medal after passing away. He was also a respected politician who actively took part in a subcommittee on economic affairs during his service as a member of the Sixth and Seventh National Assembly.