NNY/SEOUL — Seo Keng-jun, the chief executive of South Korean tech firm Yonhap, died Monday after suffering a heart attack, Yonhap reported.
The company said Keng was 62.
His death was confirmed by Yonhap in a statement.
Yonhap said Kiang had worked for the company for about 17 years and was a popular figure among senior officials in South Korea.
He was the first Korean executive to be named president of a Chinese tech company, according to a report by the South Korea-based Korean Business Association.
Keng had been Yonhap’s chief executive since 2007 and led the company through a number of corporate changes.
He stepped down in 2013 after a decade as chief executive.
The South Korean media reported in August that Keng had become ill with congestive heart failure, a condition that affects people over 65.
The Yonhap report said the cause of his death was unknown.
In addition to Yonhap and the Korean Business Alliance, Keng’s family also made an official statement saying they were saddened to learn of his passing.
Yonhap reported that Kiang became Yonhap president in 2014 and had been working there for the past 17 years.
He had been vice president at the company since 2003 and held the same position at Google.
He took over the company from the late billionaire Sun Yat-sen, who died in April at the age of 95.