Clay Sun Presidente, EVA Air
Derek Chen is President of EVA Air. He brings the airline rich benefits of more than 35 years of experience in global transportation and the airline industry.
Derek began his career with EVA sister-company Evergreen Marine in 1981. In 1989, he was tapped to join the team undertaking all of the groundwork for launching EVA Airways. He and a handful of colleagues negotiated for traffic rights, planned routes and set the stage for EVA to become the world-class airline that it is today. He steadily rose through the airline’s ranks, gaining invaluable industry experience and insights in different roles as he lead Corporate Planning, the International Affair Division, Passenger Management and EVA’s Europe Head Office.
He was selected to serve as president of EVA sister-airline UNI Air in 2004 and, in 2014, he was promoted to chairman. Derek was the creative force behind a number of UNI Air’s most innovative and successful services. Among them, he initiated the 24/7 service that enables passengers to make reservations and purchase tickets through ibon machines in every 7-11 convenience store in Taiwan.