Misconceptions about who is/was the CEO of SM Entertainment are very common, so I made this easy to understand compilation. Enjoy!
NOTE: the title these three men had/have is 대표이사. Some people misunderstand when they see Lee Soo Man being called 사장, meaning ‘president’, and think it means he was/is also the CEO. That is not true. Lee Soo Man has never been the CEO of SM Entertainment Co., Ltd.
ALSO: the information found on Wikipedia about SM Entertainment’s CEOs is false. It’s disinformation at it’s best.
Jung Hae Ik is currently the CEO of Happy Tribe Entertainment, who are managing newly debuted boy group Boys Republic. Jung Hae Ik has also been called “golden hands” because of the success of idol groups he has been working with, such as H.O.T, S.E.S and g.o.d.
Kim Kyung Wook was the man behind former boy group XING, and is currently the CEO of Golden Goose Entertainment, home to Apeace, a Korean boy group with 21 members (including two guys from XING), active only in Japan. Kim Kyung Wook has been called “minus hands”, because his groups, in general, never reach great popularity. He is often blamed for the lack of success of SM groups such as M.I.L.K, Black Beat and Shinvi, who debuted under his care.