Youngsuk "YS" Chi (Board Member to 2013) is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry, and currently serves Elsevier and Reed Elsevier in several different capacities. In his primary role as head of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for Reed Elsevier, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, corporate responsibility, and Asia strategy for Elsevier’s parent company. As Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers and industry associations worldwide. Chi also serves as President of the International Publishers Association, a global organization that represents the interests of more than 50 publishing industry association members from countries around the world.
Early in his career, as Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Book Group, Chi founded Lightning Source, the first ever print-on-demand distributor and e-book services provider. After holding several senior executive positions at Ingram Book Group’s parent company, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House. Chi has earned widespread respect for his ability to work across cultures: as founding Chairman of Random House Asia, he led efforts to make Random House the first foreign trade book publisher with local language publishing in Japan and Korea.
Chi has served on numerous charitable, educational and industry boards, including those of Princeton University, Korean American Community Foundation and McCarter Theatre. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Publishers.