May 1, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2018) – The Asia Group announced today that Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun has joined the firm as Senior Advisor. Ambassador Yun brings over three decades of experience at the highest levels of the U.S. foreign service. Most recently serving as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, he played an instrumental role in reopening the “New York channel,” a direct communication line with officials from Pyongyang.
In addition, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, spearheading two presidential visits to the country and bolstering economic and strategic ties between the two countries. These engagements culminated in the signing of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2014, which fostered deeper business, cultural, and people-to-people ties between the two countries.
Ambassador Yun also oversaw diplomatic efforts in the region from Washington D.C. as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan, responsible for all aspects of bilateral relations with the two treaty allies.From 2011 to 2013, he served asPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and led efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with Myanmar. In 2010, Ambassador Yun became the first senior U.S. diplomat to visit Myanmar since the release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. He also worked to lay the foundation for official participation by the President of the United States in the annual East Asian Summits.
“Ambassador Yun brings tremendous insight and experience to The Asia Group. His long career in the foreign service with postings across the Asia-Pacific, including in South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong, uniquely equips him with the expertise to navigate the complex business and investment challenges in this dynamic region,” said Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, Chairman and CEO of The Asia Group.
As Senior Advisor at The Asia Group, Ambassador Yun will hold a key position in the firm, helping its clients navigate a diverse set of complexities and opportunities in China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia – in particular Malaysia.
“Ambassador Yun’s demonstrated record of success in advocating for U.S. commercial interests across the Asia-Pacific region will help bolster The Asia Group’s ability to provide our clients with solutions that are both nuanced and incisive,” said Nirav Patel, President of The Asia Group.
In addition to his role at The Asia Group, Ambassador Yun is a frequent contributor to CNN’s coverage of international economic and security developments as a Global Affairs Analyst.
The Asia Group: The Asia Group (“TAG”) is a leading strategy and business advisory firm to corporations and organizations with business interests in the Indo-Pacific region. The Asia Group helps clients identify, integrate, and advance new business opportunities in Asia, and works with businesses to navigate the complexities of both established and emerging Asian markets. The Asia Group represents a diverse client base in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, from leading Fortune 500 multi-national corporations to cutting-edge early-stage companies. The Asia Group’s partner and associate network collectively brings to bear decades of relevant on-the-ground experience and knowledge – spanning multiple generations of politicians, business and civil society leaders, and decision makers on both sides of the Pacific.
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