David Steel

Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs

Samsung Electronics America


Dr. David Steel is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs for Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a position he assumed in December 2017 after holding various other leadership roles within the company. Currently based in Washington, DC, Dr. Steel oversees SEA’s public affairs team and the corporate and product communications and citizenship teams headquartered in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. 

Dr. Steel has more than a decade of experience within the Samsung network, most recently serving as head of the company’s Global Communications Group in Seoul, South Korea. He first joined Samsung in 1997 in the Global Strategy Group, where he managed strategy and business development. He went on to hold several other high-level positions, eventually becoming Samsung’s first non-Korean corporate executive when appointed to serve as Vice President and Head of Marketing for the Digital Media Business in 2002. In that role, Dr. Steel was responsible for establishing the role of marketing within Samsung’s $25 billion consumer electronics business. He later went on to oversee marketing strategy for the mobile phones business and, between 2008 and 2014, ran corporate strategy, marketing and communications in his capacity as Executive Vice President of SEA. 

Prior to joining Samsung, Dr. Steel worked at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy.  He holds a PhD in Physics from MIT, an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Physics from Oxford University. While at MIT, he was presented with the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, the university’s highest award for achievements in citizenship. He spent 2017 as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. 

A Chartered Physicist (UK), Dr. Steel is a member of the Institute of Physics (UK) and the American Physical Society. He also serves on the Paralympic Advisory Committee of the US Olympic Committee and is a past member of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch council and the Korean American Community Foundation board.