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HNA chairman dies in accident in France

China’s multi-sector conglomerate HNA Group has released an obituary, announcing the  sudden death of its co-founder and chairman, Wang Jian, in an accident in Provence, France during a business trip.

According to HNA, Wang died after suffering severe injuries in a fall on Tuesday. No further details were disclosed.

French police said Wang climbed on a high parapet to take photographs in the village of Bonnieux when he fell.

“HNA Group extends deepest condolences to Mr. Wang’s family and many friends. Together, we mourn the loss of an exceptionally gifted leader and role model, whose vision and values will continue to be a beacon for all who had the good fortune to know him, as well as for the many others whose lives he touched through his work and philanthropy,” HNA Group said in the obituary.

HNA, the parent group of Hainan Airlines, also has a major presence in the maritime sector. The company runs shipping subsidiaries including Grand China Logistics and Tianjin Marine Shipping, and also operates shipyard Jinhai Heavy Industry.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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