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.