Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Jean Shen was sworn in Monday as the first woman to head Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) in its 65-year history, vowing to bring cutting-edge technology to upgrade Taiwan’s aviation industry.
“The aviation business is a global business, and a technology-based service can greatly improve our flight security and management,” Shen said.
The 63-year-old entered the CAA as an air traffic controller at its Air Navigation and Weather Services in 1972, and has since worked in different positions in the administration.
She became a section chief in 1996 and director of Air Navigation and Weather Services in 2007, the post she held before replacing Yin Chen-pong as CAA’s new head. Yin retired earlier this month.
Over the past decade, Shen has led Taiwan to become one of the leading aviation service providers in the Asia Pacific region.
Shen also successfully pushed for Taiwan’s inclusion in the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation in 2011. The organisation has over 56 members globally that are responsible for supporting 85 percent of the air traffic worldwide.