Yang-Ho Cho is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Korean Air, one of
Mr. Cho was named Chairman and CEO of Korean Air in April 1999, having served as President and CEO since 1992. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Korean Air. Mr. Cho began working for Korean Air as a manager in the Americas Regional Headquarters in 1974.
He worked his way up in the company ranks by continually adding various departments to his overall responsibilities - including maintenance, marketing, purchasing, information systems and corporate planning.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from
Mr. Cho. is also Chairman of the Hanjin Group – one of the world's largest transportation conglomerates. He was named to this post in February 2003 after having served as the Group's Vice Chairman since 1996. He is also the director of various subsidiary companies including Korea Airport Service (KAS), and HIST.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Cho was elected Vice Chairman of The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) in 1996 and has held the title of honorary consulate-general to
As Chairman and CEO of Korean Air, Mr. Cho has lead Korean Air to new heights. In June of 2000, anticipating the alliance trend of the aviation industry, Mr. Cho took the initiative in forming SkyTeam, the world’s first global airline alliance created around the customer, along with Aeromexico, Air France and Delta Airlines.
Mr. Cho's commitment of serving the public with transportation has been widely recognized. In 2004, he received the title of "Commandeur" in the Legion D'Honneur, the highest civilian honor awarded in
Mr. Cho is married, and has one son and two daughters.