Lee Sang-hoon, the chair­man of Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics’ board, has resigned from his role just under two months after being found guilty of union sab­o­tage, Reuters reports. Lee was sen­tenced to 18 months in jail in Decem­ber after a court ruled that he had vio­lat­ed labor laws by dis­rupt­ing union activ­i­ties at Sam­sung. The com­pa­ny says a new board chair­man will be appoint­ed soon.

The res­ig­na­tion comes as Sam­sung Group heir Lee Jae-yong (bet­ter known as Jay Y. Lee in the west) is fac­ing a retri­al over a bribery scan­dal that has engulfed Sam­sung execs and South Korea’s for­mer pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye. Lee was pre­vi­ous­ly found guilty of per­jury, embez­zle­ment, and bribery in 2017 and sen­tenced to five years in jail. He was released on appeal the fol­low­ing year. The Sam­sung Group’s chair­man, Lee Kun-hee — Lee Jae-yong’s father and the son of Samsung’s founder Lee Byung-chull — is cur­rent­ly inca­pac­i­tat­ed fol­low­ing a heart attack he suf­fered in 2014. Chair­man Lee has his own sor­did his­to­ry of con­vic­tions and par­dons (yes, plur­al) as head of South Korea’s most famous chae­bol.

The com­pa­ny had hoped that Lee Sang-hoon’s appoint­ment two years ago would increase trans­paren­cy at the com­pa­ny by split­ting the board chair­man and chief exec­u­tive roles in the wake of Lee Jae-yong’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal, Reuters notes. Despite the changes, Sam­sung seems to be strug­gling to move on from its scan­dalous past, which you can read all about in our explain­er from 2017.

Illus­tra­tion by Alex Cas­tro / The Verge

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