Byeon Chang-heum

Byeon Chang-heum (Korean변창흠; Hanja卞彰欽; born 14 August 1964) is a South Korean educator who served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korea Land and Housing Corporation from April 2019 to December 2020. On 4 December 2020, he was nominated the new Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, replacing the incumbent Kim Hyun-mee.[1]

Byeon Chang-heum
변창흠
卞彰欽
Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
In office
29 December 2020 – 16 April 2021
PresidentMoon Jae-in
Preceded byKim Hyun-mee
Succeeded byYoon Sung-won (acting)
Noh Hyeong-ouk (nominee)
CEO of the Korea Land and Housing Corporation
In office
29 April 2019 – 14 December 2020
Preceded byPark Sang-woo
Succeeded byJang Choong-mo (acting)
Personal details
Born (1964-08-14) 14 August 1964 (age 56)
Uiseong, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
CitizenshipSouth Korean
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Park Jong-hyo
ChildrenByeon Ye-seul
Byeon Hyun-jung
Alma materSeoul National University
OccupationEducator

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Following the graduation, Byeon worked as a lecturer at Chungbuk National University, Kangnam University, Yonsei University and Seoul National University.[2] Serving as the senior researcher at Seoul City Development Corporation (now Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation) from 1996 to 1999, he became the Professor of the Public Administration Department of Sejong University in 2003.[3][1] In 2014, he served as the Head of the Korea Centre for City and Environment Research.[3]

In November 2014, Byeon was appointed the CEO of the SH Corporation, under the then Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon.[1] The appointment had gained public attentions, as he was the first scholar to hold the position.[2] Under his tenure, the corporation changed its name to Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation in 2016.[2] Despite of his reform, he resigned in November 2017 due to blacklist controversy.[4]

His tenure as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korea Land and Housing Corporation began on 29 April 2019.[5] He backed and fulfilled the housing policies of the Moon Jae-in government.[2] When he attended the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee of the National Assembly on 3 August 2020, he was asked by the Icheon MP Song Seog-jun about (among Lee Myung-bak, Park Geun-hye and Moon Jae-in) which government's real estate policy was the best.[1][6] Byeon replied that Moon's policy is the best.[1][6]

On 4 December 2020, he was nominated the new Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, replacing the incumbent Kim Hyun-mee.[1][7] As he became a minister-nominee, he resigned as the CEO of the Korea Land and Housing Corporation on 14 December.[8] Several netizens denounced his appointment as "similar" or "spicier" than the incumbent.[9]

On 12 March 2021, Byeon offered to tender his resignation to the President Moon Jae-in.[10] He left the office on 16 April.[11][12][13] His term was only 109 days,[12] making him as the shortest-serving Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.[13]

ControversiesEdit

On 18 December 2020, the office of Park Seong-min, a People Power MP, revealed that Byeon had already made a defamatory remark against share house residents while he was the CEO of the SH Corporation on 30 June 2016.[14] The remark was "Those poor people should cook at their home, not buying outside foods. It's absolutely crazy."; where the "poor people" refers to "share house residents".[14] A day before, Park's office also revealed that Byeon had already made another remark against a victim of Guui station incident; saying "It was just nothing. The victim had to be careful."[15]

Personal life and educationEdit

After the graduation from Neungin High School, Byeon attended Seoul National University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in urban planning and a doctorate in public administration.[2][1]

In 1992, he married to Park Jong-hyo, a professor at Konkuk University. Both has 2 daughters — Byeon Ye-seul and Byeon Hyun-jung.[2]

He is a Buddhist.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "[프로필] 변창흠 국토부 장관... 주거복지 중시하는 규제론자". 4 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "[Who Is ?] 변창흠 한국토지주택공사 사장". 13 June 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "변창흠 교수". Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ "'블랙리스트' 논란 변창흠 사장 사퇴…SH, 직무대행 돌입". 9 November 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  5. ^ "변창흠 LH 사장 취임..."사람 먼저 생각하는 주거복지"". 29 April 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "변창흠 국토장관 내정자 "文정부 부동산정책은 최고"라 했다는데". 4 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  7. ^ "[프로필]변창흠 LH 사장, 새 국토부 장관 내정…부동산 정책 바통 잇나". 4 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  8. ^ "변창흠 한국토지주택공사사장 퇴임". 14 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  9. ^ ""세금 더 매겨야"…'빵장관 후임' 변창흠, 더 매운맛일까". 14 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  10. ^ "변창흠 국토부 장관 사의 표명…문 대통령 사실상 수용". 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  11. ^ "취임 109일만에 떠나는 변창흠 "국민 신뢰 국토부가 회복해야"". 16 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  12. ^ a b "변창흠 109일만에 불명예 퇴임". 16 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  13. ^ a b "'부동산 구원투수' 변창흠…'역대 최단기' 109일 만에 퇴장". 16 April 2021. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  14. ^ a b "변창흠, SH사장 시절 "못사는 사람들, 미쳤다고 밥 사먹나"". 19 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  15. ^ "변창흠, SH사장 시절 "못사는 사람들, 미쳤다고 밥 사먹나"". 19 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.