Kija Kim is an award-winning chief executive officer, entrepreneur and well-respected board member with a significant track record in growing entrepreneurial organizations, and seasoned corporate governance experience in major public corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She was one of the first women to create and lead a highly successful information technology company, and is a pioneer in location-based services, mapping software and technology. Known for her keen strategic insight, new product development and market positioning acumen, she is a proven leader with global experience providing innovative software and technology solutions.
Ms. Kim is co-founder, President and Managing Director of Clark Hill Partners, LLC, an investment management company with a diverse portfolio. From 1988 – 2006, Ms. Kim was co-founder, President and CEO of Harvard Design & Mapping Company (HDM), an innovative mapping software and services company, then sold HDM to The First American Corporation, an $8 billion FORTUNE 300 company. At First American, Ms. Kim successfully led HDM’s integration into their corporate structure and introduced HDM’s innovative technologies and products to First American’s broad market segments. She also championed the importance of workforce diversity to upper management for First American’s 30,000-person workforce.
Ms. Kim serves on the boards of a number of private companies and community organizations, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honoraria. She received a B.A. in Geography from Seoul National University in Korea where she was valedictorian, attended graduate school in Geography at Clark University in Worcester, and is an alum of two Executive Management programs at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
In April, 2014, Kija was appointed as a member of South Korea's Three-Year Plan for Economic Innovation Promotion Task Force. The Task Force monitors and evaluates the progress and results from implementing President Park Geun-hye’s Three-Year Plan for Economic Innovation. The Three-Year Plan for Economic Innovation is comprised of 59 policy tasks designed to achieve four major objectives: 1) strengthen the nation’s economic fundamentals (15 tasks); promote a dynamic and innovative economy (25 tasks); achieve greater balance between domestic consumption and exports (18 tasks); and lay the foundations for reunification of the Korean peninsula (1 task). The Task Force includes 13 experts from the private sector and is co-chaired by the President of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and the Vice Chair of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
Jim is co-founder and Managing General Partner at Clark Hill Partners, LLC, an investment firm specializing in equity and real estate investments.
Jim is also founder of GeoTech Advisors, assisting potential buyers and sellers of geospatial technology companies to complete transactions. He is an active advisor to a number of large and small GeoTech related companies.
Jim was co-founder and executive vice president of Harvard Design and Mapping (HDM), a location intelligence software development and geographic information systems (GIS) firm located in Cambridge, MA and Washington, DC from 1988-2006. HDM was named 2006 Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Jim and his partner Kija Kim sold HDM to the First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the largest real estate information company in the world, in 2006.
From 1999-2000, Jim was founder and CEO of SmartCity.com, Inc., an online “pocket real estate” technology startup bringing wireless technology to the For Sale By Owner market and real estate agents nationwide.
He received a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a MPA from Suffolk University. He is an alum of M.I.T.’s Greater Boston Executive Program.