Cho Yang-ho died in Los Angeles on Sunday, Korean Air said in a statement Monday. He was 70 years old. The company did not reveal the cause of death.
Cho took over as director and CEO of Korean Air from his father in 1999. The following year, Cho founder of SkyTeam Airline Alliance – a move that put Korean Air on the international map.
Cho was also the head of Korean airline company Hanjin Group, one of South Korea's sprawling family run conglomerates.
In recent years, Cho has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. He and his family have been accused of promoting a culture of abuse and violence by the company.
Investors are now hoping that the company's management issues are behind it ̵
Weeks before his death, Cho emerged from his position as Chairman of Korean Air. He was trying over the cost of disruptions and breaches of trust. He denied the charges against him.