Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Choue Appoints DH Moon as New WTF Secretary-General

Chungwon Choue, WTF President, appointed Dong-Hoo Moon, 55, as WTF acting secretary general Tuesday (Oct. 5). Moon served as the secretary-general of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korean Organizing Committee from Nov. 2000 to June 2003.

Moon, born in 1949, graduated from the prestigious law college of the Seoul National University and started his career as civil servant in the Ministry of Government Administration in 1972.

An elite bureaucrat, Moon was able to accumulate experience as sports administrator while he was assigned to the Organizing Committees for the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. He served as the Sports Coordinator from 1983 through 1989.

He acquired M.A. degree on public policy and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States and completed Ph.D. course work in public administration at the SungKyunKwan University in Seoul.

Other major positions he served during his long public career include Protocol Secretary to the President at Chong Wa Dae, the Presidential Office; Public Service Inspector General of the Ministry of Government Administration; Director-General of the Organization Bureau, MGA; Secretary to the President for administrative affairs at Chong Wa Dae; Chairman of the Appeals Commission, Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs.

Moon was awarded a number of government decorations in recognition of his meritorious service in diverse areas of public administration. Among them are the National Service Merit Medal awarded in 1979; the Order of Sport Merit ‘Gue-sang(grade 3)’ in 1989; the Order of Service Merit ‘Hong-jo (grade 3)’ in 1992 and the Order of Sport Merit ‘Chung-ryong (grade 1)’ in 2002.

Kum Hong Lee who served as WTF secretary-general in the last 13 years resigned Monday (Oct. 4) and was appointed as senior advisor to the WTF President.