U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has hired Dong-Chan Bae as Country Director in the USW Seoul Office in South Korea. Bae, who begins his role on Nov. 1, comes to USW after 25 years with the Samyang Corporation, a diverse South Korean company that includes a food and consumer goods business unit and flour milling operations.
Bae spent two decades as a manager in Samyang’s Grain Procurement Division, where he was responsible for the purchasing of wheat from international markets. He also performed management duties related to the company’s flour milling ventures, and oversaw administration of Samyang offices in New York, Shanghai and Tokyo.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Bae to the USW team and feel his understanding of the global wheat market will be an asset for our efforts in an important part of the world,” said Mike Spier, USW Vice President of Overseas Operations. “He will play a big part in USW’s mission to develop, maintain and expand U.S. wheat exports to the South Korean market.”
After being part of many collaborations between USW and South Korean importers and millers, Bae said he looks forward to representing the U.S. wheat industry.
“I have always appreciated the work of U.S. Wheat Associates and I plan to use my abilities to continue the success of hard-working U.S. wheat farmers to provide a stable supply of high-quality wheat to South Korea,” he said.