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Youllee Kim

Youllee Kim is a strategic advisor and investor with 20 years of professional experiences in management consulting, venture incubation/investment and marketing. Most recently Youllee was Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) based in Seoul, Korea working across several Asian countries including Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. She also worked on multiple cross-border projects in the U.S. market in the context of growth strategy and globalization. Working at BCG for 14 years, Youllee developed and led multi-year client relationship with leading Asian conglomerates supporting their CEOs and senior executives in strategic business agenda including vision and long-term strategy, corporate development, digital transformation, globalization, etc. She has a broad experience in corporate development topics (M&A, JV, partnership, due diligence, post-merger integration) where she often worked with investment bankers and private equity funds. Particularly, Youllee is well known for her strong commitment to client value creation and made significant impacts. One of her long-term clients grew 10x in revenue and 8x in market cap for the seven years of her service. Her industry expertise was evolved and expanded from financial services to consumer and healthcare based on her passion, market opportunity and client needs. She spent her first 4 years at BCG helping leading financial institutions in Korea after the Financial Sector Restructuring by the Korean government and managed multiple M&A and post-merger integration projects. For the last 10 years at BCG, Youllee was dedicated to the broad consumer space including food, beauty, fashion, retail/e-commerce, automotive and consumer electronics/technology. She also had opportunities to work/participate in the healthcare industry as biotechnology was seen as a future growth driver for leading conglomerates. At BCG, she took many leadership roles. As the first woman promoted to Partner in BCG Korea, she served on the Asia Pacific Leadership of Women@BCG. In addition, Youllee led MSP (Marketing, Sales and Pricing) Practice, CCI (Center for Consumer/Customer Insight) and Social Impact efforts in BCG North Asia System. Prior to joining BCG, Youllee worked for CJ (Samsung’s very first manufacturing business which was later spun off from Samsung Group) and Kellogg in the marketing and brand management roles. She also worked at a venture incubation and investment firm during the time of the dot-com bubble in early 2000’s. Youllee holds a MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and a BA from Yonsei University in Korea. She speaks English, Korean and Japanese.