Kaphong Choi is president of Korea Testing Certification (KTC), a Certified Body Testing Laboratory and National Certification Body of electronic products that was formed as a result of the merger of the Korea Electric Testing Institute and the Meter and Petrochemical Testing and Research Institute in 2010.
Choi is a retired chairman and CEO of the Korean Standards Association (KSA) in Seoul, Korea, which serves as the official distributor of Korean standards and also offers training and certification services. In this role, he was responsible for the overall performance of KSA’s business and management, and for furthering its role in international standardization communities.
Choi’s career in both government and the public sector spans more than 35 years. He assumed his role at KTA in 2013. Prior to that he served as vice president and head of the office of the Korea Battery Industry Association, an organization responsible for the development of Korea’s battery industry.
Before becoming KSA chairman and CEO in 2008, he had been an administrator at the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), a part of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE). In his roles at both KSA and KATS, Choi gained expertise in international standardization and standardization policies. He also has experience from his positions as an assistant secretary in the Office of the President of Korea, which he held from 2004 to 2006, as director/deputy director at MOCIE from 1986 to 2004 and as a senior researcher at the National Industrial Research Institute.
An adviser for the Society for Standards and Standardization in Korea, Choi is chairman of the council comprised of 48 COSD (Cooperation Organization for Standards Development in Korea) bodies. He is also a member of the Policy Development Committee for the Korean Air Forces as well as an honorary adviser for the China Association for Quality.
Choi holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, a master’s degree in administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., and he completed work for his doctoral degree in management of technology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul in 2011.