E-mart is launching a major generational shift. E-mart, which suffered its first-ever loss in the last quarter, is believed to have started to make a breakthrough through a personnel reshuffle card.
According to distribution industry sources on Oct. 18, E-mart is expected to replace CEO Lee Gap-su, 62, and 11 others, including vice president and executive vice president.
This is a large-scale personnel change of 11 out of 40 registered executives as of the end of June. E-mart had been making regular appointments from late November to early December every year, but this year it moved up the timing.
The replacement of CEO Lee is the centerpiece of the personnel reshuffle. The CEO led E-mart for six years since becoming the head of its sales division in 2014. After joining Shinsegae in 1982, he moved to E-mart in 1999 and served in major posts such as sales, goods and customer service.
He has led E-mart with the trust of Vice Chairman Chung Yong-jin, but has recently taken responsibility for the falling performance of large discount stores as the shopping trend has moved fast to online.
Upon being notified of his resignation, the CEO reportedly exchanged greetings with E-mart executives. Shinsegae Group acknowledges that Lee's departure has been decided, but believes that it should wait and see the replacement of additional executives as it is still before regular personnel appointments.
Meanwhile, E-mart's operating profit fell to 489.3 billion won last year, and it recorded 99.7 billion won as of the first half of this year. It marked the first quarterly loss in the past second quarter.