This file picture taken on Oct 23, 2012 shows then Chinese group HNA vice chairman and CEO Wang Jian posing before the signing of an agreement between Aigle Azur and HNA Aviation in Paris. (Photo: AFP/Eric Piermont)
HNA Group said Wednesday its co-chairman Wang Jian, 57, died after an accident on Tuesday in France. He was 57.
Wang had a fall during a business trip in Provence, France, HNA said in a statement.
"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," the firm said.
No further details of the circumstances surrounding Wang's death were given.
The firm's $230 billion in assets includes a diverse global empire of businesses operating in aviation, tourism, and finance, and includes Hilton hotels and other marquee companies in the US, Europe and Australia.
Wang began his career in civil aviation planning in 1983.