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Hall of Fame 2013 - Philip Wei

Philip Wei

Philip Wei can be described by many as “Present at the creation,” “empire builder”, and “regular good guy and friend”. For those of you who know him, you know Philip is a decent, humble, easily approachable man who has moved beyond air cargo to the absolute pinnacle of China Airlines, serving twice as the CEO. Philip graduated from the National Tainan Normal College and served three years as a primary school teacher. But when opportunity knocked, Philip packed away the chalk and eraser and set off on what would be an epoch journey of discovery, accomplishment and self-fulfillment. After joining China Airlines as a tax researcher in the Accounting Division, Philip quickly realized the outstanding opportunities apparent, as the tiny island of Taiwan had hitched a major portion of its business destiny to international trade. Back in 1982 as General Manager of Cargo Sales & Services North America, Philip’s vision for China Airlines just started to solidify as he told Air Cargo News “We are going to build state of the art cargo facilities and grow our carrier into a global resource via our hub at CKS,”. As Philip moved on and up, China Airlines Cargo built its mighty freighter fleet and a string of advanced, beautiful air cargo terminals in the US and around the world. At that point Philip returned to Taiwan where he shepherded the introduction of the high-yield Dynasty Package Program. In 2002 Philip Wei was recognized for his brilliance, dedication and drive and was promoted to President and Board Director of China Airlines Cargo. In 2005 Philip became Chairman of China Airlines Cargo and continued to serve until 2012. TIACA isn’t by any means the only one that has recognized Philip for his contributions; Air Cargo News awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award becoming the first executive in Asia’s aviation management industry to receive this award and one of the few to be named a role model for other aviation executives. Today when not enjoying being at home, hiking in the hills above Taipei and listening to his music you will find Philip giving back to the next generation and sharing what he knows about what the industry he so deeply loved. Philip has once again picked up to the chalk and eraser and serves as a professor of Air Transportation of Kai Nai University in Taiwan.

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