Samsung chairman to step down
The chairman of Samsung group has announced he will step down, just five days after being charged with tax evasion and breach of trust.business Updated: Apr 22, 2008 15:07 IST
The chairman of South Korea's largest group Samsung announced on Tuesday he will step down, just five days after being charged with tax evasion and breach of trust.
"Today, I have decided to step down from the Samsung group chairmanship," Lee Kun-Hee, 66, told a nationally televised press conference.
Special prosecutors charged him last Thursday after a three-month probe into corruption allegations against the multinational.
They cleared Lee of bribery and said he would remain free pending trial.
Lee's resignation came in a dramatic and unscheduled announcement at a press conference called to unveil reforms to the group.
The group said in a statement that the chairman would resign all his posts with Samsung.
Samsung would dismantle its powerful strategic planning office, a group of some 90 officials who have been accused of helping the chairman manage his hidden assets and transfer control of management to his son Jae-Yong.
Jae-Yong would step down as a chief customer officer of Samsung Electronics and work on overseas operations "in a tough environment," the statement added.