Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Korean Air sisters resign, father apologises for their behaviour

Korean Air sisters resign, father apologises for their behaviour

"As chairman of Korean Air and because the head of my household, I really feel depressing by the immature conduct of my daughters", Cho stated in an announcement Sunday.

FOUR years ago, Cho Hyun-ah, an executive at Korean Air made headlines around the world when she threw a fit because she was served macadamia nuts in their packaging rather than on a serving dish in first class on the airline.

The NPS holds 12.6 per cent while foreign investors hold 17 per cent stake in Korean Air, which is valued at 3.1 trillion won (S$3.8 billion). Cho reportedly flew into a rage over the nuts, verbally abusing flight staff and forcing them to apologise on their knees.

In the wake of "nut rage", Cho Hyun-ah was sacked by her father and charged with obstructing aviation safety.

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Younger daughter Cho Hyun-min, a marketing executive at the airline, was recently pulled into police investigations for assault. The Korea Times reported that she was "enraged" at the employee's work performance.

The 34-year-old has issued an apology for her behaviour.

Cho Hyun-min publicly apologised for the fracas, saying her behaviour was "foolish and reckless".

The incident was dubbed "nut rage", prompting the sister's case to be described as "water rage". Such family-run conglomerates dominate the South Korean economy.

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Bruce Lee, founder and chairman of Zebra Investment in Seoul, however, urged major stakeholders like the National Pension Service to speak up to keep Chairman Cho and his family in check.

Chairman Cho (right) with daughters Cho Hyun-min (centre), and Cho Hyun-ah (left).

epa06682727 Officials of the Korea Customs Service exit the residence of Cho Hyun-min, senior vice president of Korean Air, in Seoul, South Korea, 21 April 2018, after searching for evidence over allegations that Cho and her family didn't pay duties on luxury goods brought into the country through the company's flights.

The chairman also pledged to strengthen the role of the boardroom and establish a compliance committee to "institutionally prevent" such incident from happening again. He also promised to increase the power of the company's board of directors.

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The chairman announced the changes days after South Korean police had searched Korean Air headquarters following reports of the "water rage" incident.

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