HNA Group Announces Updates To Management Structure

HNA Group | 2019-11-11

Announces Additional Leadership and Operational Updates as Company

Further Aligns Around Its Core Aviation Businesses


HAIKOU, China – November 11, 2019 – HNA Group today announced that it has appointed Xiaofeng (Daniel) Chen as President of HNA Group, effectively immediately. Mr. Chen will also continue to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HNA Group North America and a member of HNA Group’s Board of Directors. The Company has eliminated his previous position of Vice CEO of HNA Group. 


Daniel Chen replaces Zhang Ling, who stepped down as President, but will continue to serve as Vice Chairman of HNA Group’s Board of Directors. As President of HNA Group, Mr. Chen will oversee international operations and continue to work alongside Chairman Chen Feng, CEO Adam Tan and the Board of Directors to rationalize the business portfolio, reduce debt and improve the Company’s financial position.  Mr. Chen, who joined HNA Group in 2012, has held a number of senior management positions across HNA Group’s business units, including within aviation, logistics, and asset management.


In addition, the Company announced that He Jiafu, who is a member of the Board of Directors, has been elected to the additional position of Senior Vice President of HNA Group, where he will assist Daniel Chen in optimizing HNA Group’s daily operations and improving the overall performance of the Company’s assets.


Increase Focus on Core Aviation Businesses

HNA Group also made several other updates to its leadership and organization structure consistent with its progress in streamlining the Group’s strategy around its core aviation businesses.


HNA Group is now operating as a single Aviation industry group, comprised of its airline assets, as well as three individual business units: Aviation Leasing, Airport, and Non-Aviation Asset Management. All of the divisions that were under HNA Capital, HNA Technology and HNA Logistics have been transferred into one of these three business units. 


The leadership of the business units is as follows:

  • Chris Jin, previously General Manager of Aviation Leasing, has been named President of the Aviation Leasing business unit.
  • Lu Xiaoming, former Board Member of HNA Logistics, has been named President of the Airport business unit;
  • Li Weijian, former General Manager of the HNA Technology business unit, has been named President of the Non-Aviation Asset Management business unit.


 “Today’s announcements reflect further progress towards implementing our strategic plan to refocus on our core aviation business as the foundation of our future development, refining our internal management mechanisms and optimizing our aviation businesses to best meet the global markets’ demand for high-quality aviation services,” said Chen Feng, Chairman of HNA Group. “We’ve similarly realigned the responsibilities of our talented leadership team to ensure we have the best people in the right roles, with the industry expertise and hands-on experience to lead our Company forward.” 


Adam Tan, CEO of HNA Group, said, “These organizational updates and senior management changes reflect and support our ongoing commitment to realigning our business to focus on our core aviation assets and expertise. Daniel is an exceptional leader and is ideally suited to take on the additional responsibilities as President.  He has skillfully led our international operations, helped reshape our strategy, which included the tough – but necessary decisions – to rebalance our portfolio around the world.  I look forward to working with Daniel, our Board and our business unit leadership team as we continue to position HNA Group as a global leader in aviation for years to come.”


“HNA Group is a special company, whose aviation and customer service roots have helped open up domestic and international travel for millions of people in China,” said Daniel Chen. “I am honored to take this role at such an important time in our history and will work tirelessly to ensure that we continue to deliver the high standard of excellence that our customers, partners and employees have come to expect from us.” 


About HNA Group

HNA Group is a global company focused on aviation and aviation-related businesses with assets and operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Founded in China in 1993 and cultivating its strong roots in air travel, HNA Group today has stakes in 16 aviation companies that cover more than 2,000 flight routes around the world, serving over 120 million passengers annually. For more information, visit