Korean Air Heiress Creeps Back into Management

  • By Jeon Soo-yong

    March 30, 2018 10:23

    Cho Hyun-ah, the Korean Air heiress who disgraced herself in the notorious "nut rage" incident, has quietly slipped back into management at the family firm three years and four months after she made global headlines.

    Cho Hyun-ah

    She became president of KAL Hotel Network, a subsidiary of her father's Hanjin Group, at a shareholders' meeting, according to Korean Air on Thursday.

    KAL operates the Grand Hyatt Incheon, Jeju KAL Hotel and Seogwipo KAL Hotel. It posted a net loss of W11.6 billion in 2016.

    Cho was CEO of the firm from 2011 to 2014, when she was forced to step down over her international notoriety.

    She resigned from all her positions in the group after she flew into a rage for being served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl in the first class cabin of a Korean Air flight, slapping the purser over the head with a rolled-up document and forcing the plane to return to the gate at JFK Airport in New York.

    The Supreme Court converted her one-year jail sentence to a suspended sentence in December last year.

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