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LG and Samsung tap women for top executive posts

Appointments come as South Korea makes efforts toward gender equality

Lee Young-hee, left, and Lee Jung-ae are among the new crop of female South Korean corporate chiefs. (Nikkei montage/Photos by Samsung Electronics and LG Household & Health Care)

SEOUL -- More South Korean conglomerates are promoting women to top executive positions, a sign of change this year in a country where male leadership has been deeply rooted in the corporate culture.

The LG group has tapped Lee Jung-ae to head LG Household & Healthcare, making her its first-ever female CEO. South Korean companies customarily make executive appointments in December to start off the next accounting year with the new management team in place.

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