A controversy broke out over SK Telecom’s recruitment of former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon's son as an employee at its New York office.
According to industry sources on December 26, SK Telecom recruited Ban Woo-hyun (44 years-old), the son of former UN secretary general as an employee of its New York office in January 2011, nine months after opening the office in 2010. At that time, the office hired only one person.
On November 13, 2010, UN secretary general Ban visited Korea at the invitation of the United Nations Global Compact Korea Association. Two months later, his son was recruited by SK Telecom's New York office.
The New York office belongs to SK Telecom. SK Telecom’s headquarters in Korea makes decisions about hiring new employees for its New York office.
"SK Telecom must have known that the new recruit for the office in New York was the son of UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon through his family information in his resume," an industry official said. “Some suspect that he may have received a special treatment as he is the son of UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon”
SK Telecom's New York office is located in Midtown East, Manhattan of New York which is home to the UN headquarters and is a 15-minute walk from the latter.