Tae Shik Moon (1928.02~2014.12), Founding ChairmanA visionary entrepreneur.
Tae Shik Moon, the founder of Aju, was a visionary entrepreneur. Born a farmer’s son, he started his first business trading farming tools in his youth. He recognized the socio-economic environment of Japanese colonization of Korea and the liberation to follow and conceived business ideas to help rebuild the country. He began trading cement in the 1950s, and in the 1960s he came up with the idea to replace wood utilities poles with concrete poles, which became the basis of Aju Corporation today.
The Pioneer Spirit is the management philosophy of our founder Tae Shik Moon and the foundation of the Aju Spirit. Based on the Pioneer Spirit, Aju practices business development that contributes to the nation and society, new value creation through change and innovation, and capacity building for sustainable growth.
Our founding chairman Tae Shik Moon believed that a company should make a lot of profit through good business, and that much of that profit should be given back to society. He believed that since the company is empowered by all the stakeholders and plays an influential role in the local community, the company should give back to society by creating a good working environments and creating jobs.
In 2013, Tae Shik Moon donated $40 million worth of assets to Jungnang-gu, the neighborhood where Aju got its start (Named one of “48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia-Pacific” by Forbes in 2013)
In 2017, Tae Shik Moon was posthumously awarded the Order of Civil Merit, Camellia Medal