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CNBC Meets... Sung-Joo Kim


Exclusive Interview to Premiere in Asia on 7 June

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2014 – In the next episode of CNBC Meets, presenter Tania Bryer travels to Hong Kong to sit down with one of Asia's most successful businesswomen, Sung-Joo Kim, Chief Visionary Officer and Chairperson of luxury fashion brand MCM Holdings AG and Sungjoo Group.

The 30-minute interview will premiere in Asia Pacific on 7 June at 5pm (SIN/HK) and excerpts will be available online at The programme will also air on CNBC's network in Europe, Middle East and Africa and on CNBC World in the U.S.

In the programme, Sung-Joo reveals to Tania the challenges of growing up in a male dominated culture in her native South Korea. She tells Tania how she had to overcome both her parent's disapproval to study in the US and being disinherited to realise her dreams of becoming an independent successful businesswoman.

Sung-Joo's inspiring path to success was not without personal and financial hardships and it is this incredible story that she tells to Tania.

On working in a male dominated society in South Korea, Sung-Joo comments, "There were not many women at this level and men were extremely uncomfortable seeing women out there. It's very hard to penetrate that kind of not just a glass ceiling, for me it was like a concrete ceiling."

As well as encouraging young female entrepreneurs, Sung-Joo set up her own Charitable Foundation to benefit the social well being of women around the world. When discussing her foundation, Sung-Joo comments, "We want to encourage women to gain confidence, empower them economically and contribute something back to society."

In this episode, Tania also attends the MCM Charity Gala in Hong Kong where she speaks to actress Cecilia Cheung, Cathy Lee, and the supermodel Jocelyn Luko. The programme also features comments from Prince Albert of Monaco, who talks about the importance of Sung-Joo's philanthropic contribution.

CNBC Meets…Sung-Joo Kim premieres this Saturday, 7 June2014 @ 5pm (SIN/HK), with repeats on Sunday, 8 June at 7:00pm (SIN/HK).

Transcript, and stills from the programme are available upon request. An embeddable promo of the programme can be viewed here.

Notes to Editors

About CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets presenter Tania Bryer profiles some of the world's most influential high flyers and examines how they have achieved success in their career, their home life and their commitments to philanthropy. In each half-hour programme Tania Bryer gets 'up close and personal' with its interviewees with unprecedented access to each guest. The CNBC Meets series has featured a variety of high profile global figures from the worlds of business, politics, sport, media and the arts, including Sir Richard Branson, Matt Damon, Jon Bon Jovi, President Clinton, Andre Agassi, Sir Philip Green, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and

Series credits:

Host - Tania Bryer

Producer / Director - Dayna Hochfelder

Editor - Brian Watkinson

Executive Producers - Tania Bryer and Martin Conroy

About CNBC

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