Cho Yang-ho, chair­man and CEO of Korean Air, dies at 70

A state­ment from the air­line re­veals that Cho passed away in Los An­ge­les on 8 April

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On 8 April 2019, Korean Air an­nounced in an of­fi­cial state­ment that Cho Yang-ho, chair­man and CEO of Korean Air had passed away at the age of 70. Cho’s pass­ing came less than two weeks af­ter share­hold­ers voted to re­move him from the board fol­low­ing a se­ries of fam­ily scan­dals.

At the time of his pass­ing, Cho was sched­uled to go on trial in South Korea for mul­ti­ple charges, which in­cludes tax eva­sion and em­bez­zle­ment. With his death, the court is ex­pected to dis­miss his crim­i­nal case.

Cred­ited as the driv­ing force be­hind Korean Air’s cat­a­pult onto the global stage, Cho took over as chair­man and CEO of the air­line from his fa­ther back in 1999. A year later, Cho went on to be­come the founder of the SkyTeam air­line al­liance.

De­spite his suc­cess in trans­form­ing Korean Air into a world-renowned car­rier, Cho’s ca­reer is marred by a se­ries of fam­ily scan­dals that in­cludes the now in­fa­mous “nut rage” in­ci­dent.

Back in 2014, Cho Hyun-ah, the el­dest daugh­ter of Cho Yang-ho, as­saulted two Korean Air flight at­ten­dants for serv­ing her nuts in a bag in­stead of a bowl. When the in­ci­dent be­came pub­lic, Cho Hyu­nah re­signed as vice-pres­i­dent of Korean Air and was later found guilty in a South Korean court for ob­struct­ing aviation safety. She was given a 10 months prison sen­tence but only spent a to­tal of five months in jail.

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