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KEI Spotlight

KEI President Manzullo to Retire in 2018

January 8, 2018

December 13, 2017 | Washington, DC

Donald Manzullo, who has served as President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute since January 2013, will be retiring in 2018. The exact date of his retirement will be announced at a later time.

“I have been blessed and honored to have spent the last five years leading the Korea Economic Institute. I have long believed in the power and strength of the U.S.-Korea friendship, and I am confident that KEI will continue to serve as a bridge between our two countries,” Manzullo said.

Before joining KEI, Manzullo served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 terms, and led the House Small Business Committee as well as the Subcommitee on Asia and the Pacific. In his time as Chairman of that subcommitee, he held two hearings on the U.S.-South Korea Alliance.

“I am turning 74 in March next year, and I have a grandchild who I would like to see more often. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and being on my farm in Illinois,” Manzullo said. “I plan on staying active, and am exploring ways to stay involved in policy issues.”

Under his leadership, KEI focused on major issues such as the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) and speaking to audiences outside of Washington, DC. In this vein, KEI hosted nearly 20 programs in 2017 focused on KORUS and economic issues, including events in Alabama, Florida, New York, and South Dakota. President Manzullo also focused on maintaining close ties with his colleagues on Capitol Hill, meeting with more than 75 members of Congress this year to discuss issues of importance, including the role of KORUS in their districts or states.

“The last five years have flown by, and I am extremely proud of the work we have done here at KEI to advance the U.S.-Korea Alliance,” Manzullo said. “Now, I am looking forward to the next stage in my life.”

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