Frank Ahrens Is A Leading Expert on Korea, the Automobile Industry and the East-West Corporate Culture Clash

I'm a career storyteller and communicator who spent 18 years as a journalist at The Washington Post and three years as the highest-ranking foreign executive at Hyundai Motor headquarters in Seoul. I am now a Washington D.C. communications consultant with BGR Group who works with a number of foreign clients and American clients working in foreign markets.

I tell my story in "SEOUL MAN: A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unexpected Hilarity Inside a Korean Corporate Titan," named a New York Post Best Book of 2016.

If you are a Western company entering Asia, or an Asian company trying to understand the American corporate culture, I will use my experience to improve your performance.


 SPEAKING: I can anchor your event with a lively, compelling presentation on topics ranging from Trump-era Asia foreign policy to the future of the great Korean corporate brands to living the shadow of a nuclear North Korea. LEARN MORE

Frank is proud to be represented by Chartwell Speakers. To book him for a speaking engagement, please contact Raleigh Addington at


CONSULTING: Looking to do business in East Asia or improve relations with your East Asian business partner or stakeholder? I have consulted with industry-leading companies. LEARN MORE

WRITING: I can author a smart, powerful piece for your magazine or corporate publication. My articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Forbes, The Washington Post and The Diplomat. LEARN MORE

A satisfied client says:

"Frank Ahrens' talk on 'Corporate Confucianism' -- explaining and helping to solve the East-West corporate culture clash -- was eye-opening for our team. The reaction to Frank's engaging and entertaining presentation was overwhelmingly positive and left many team members eager to know more about Korean culture."
-- Sepa Sete, VP People, InnoceanUSA advertising agency

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Frank consulting at advertising agency InnoceanUSA in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Frank consulting at advertising agency InnoceanUSA in Huntington Beach, Calif.