About StarKist Co.

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StarKist Co. provides trusted, healthy food products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations®, Salmon Creations® and Chicken Creations®. As America’s favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist’s charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and remains a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Dongwon Industries Co., Ltd.

Company History

Our corporate headquarters are located at:
1875 Explorer Street, 10th Floor
Reston, Virginia 20190

Our facility locations include:
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Guayaquil, Ecuador

StarKist’s Parent Company, Dongwon Industries


Dongwon Industries was founded in April 1969 to explore the oceans. Since its establishment, the company has led the Korean fisheries industry, spanning the five oceans, and changing customers’ dietary lives with fresh seafood products. Dongwon Industries operates 42 vessels, including the world’s largest purse seine fleet. It delivers high-quality tuna to customers through differentiated processing technology, and is the global leader in sourcing and processing salmon, along with various other seafood products. Dongwon Industries also has a presence in the cold storage service.

Our President & CEO

Chae-Ung Um, President & CEO

Chae-Ung Um

Chae-Ung Um is the President & Chief Executive Officer of StarKist Co., a socially responsible company that provides healthy and trusted protein products in the United States. An industry innovator with more than 4,000 employees globally, StarKist headquarters are located in Reston, VA, along with the company executive leadership team and more than 70 employees.

Before being named President & CEO of StarKist, he held the position of Corporate Senior Vice President of Global Procurement Strategy (Digital Procurement Transformation) & Strategic Sourcing/ General Procurement of LG Electronics Corporation. Previously, he handled cross-functional responsibilities in various areas of the company including Product Management, Sales, Field Service Operations, Six Sigma Champion, and Strategic Global Deal Maker. He has held Board positions for the Institute of Supply Management, and the ProcureCon Advisory Board, and has been recognized for his ability to maximize leadership potential in business management, strategic sourcing and supply chain management. Prior to LGE, Um held leadership positions with Westinghouse Company, Dade Behring, Inc (now part of Siemens), Merck & Co., and Praxair, Inc. (now part of Linde).

Um has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in General Engineering/ Foreign Area Studies in the Far East (Chinese) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an International Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in International Strategy, Finance and Business Administration from the Baldwin-Wallace Graduate School of Business. He also completed Michigan State University’s Supply Chain Executive Development Program, and the LG Executive Leadership Program for Future LG Country/Business Leaders.

Um, who has lived and worked all over the world, including in the United States, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Australia, Singapore and Korea, enjoys traveling and sports. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife. The couple have two adult daughters, and two granddaughters.