LG Electronics recently announced Seong-jin Jo, the head of its Home Appliance & Air Solution (H&A) Co. and one of the three representative directors responsible for key decisions of the entire organization, was promoted to the position of sole chief executive officer effective immediately.

Jo’s responsibility will extend across all of LG Electronics’ business units and to oversight of more than 120 operations around the world.

Jo, 60, joined Goldstar in 1976, becoming part of the team that developed LG’s first automatic washing machine in 1980. Prior to becoming president of H&A in 2015, he was the head of LG’s H&A washing-machine division.

In 2007, Jo received the Bronze Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit from the Korean government in recognition of his contributions to the development of new technologies and Korean industry. More recently, he was instrumental in LG’s move into premium appliances with the introduction of the LG SIGNATURE brand and built-in Signature Kitchen Suite as well as building the foundation for future businesses in the areas of the Internet of Things and smart homes.