TIACA inducted two long-time industry stalwarts into its Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in Dallas this week during the organization’s Executive Summit and Annual General Meeting. Bill Boesch and Phillip Wei were honored for their long-time contribution to the air cargo sector.
Boesch, whose air cargo career spanned nearly 50 years, began his career at Seaboard World Airlines and later moved on to Emery Worldwide where h rose to the level of senior vice president and general manager. He left the company to become Pan American World Airways’ senior vice president of cargo. He subsequently moved over to American Airlines where he serviced as vice president of cargo and later CEO and chairman of the Cargo Division.
He retired from American in 1996, but rejoined the industry in 2004 as CEO of DHL/DP Global Mail and is credited with leading that company out of its financial difficulties. He was also a force behind the branding change to DHL Global Mail.
Boesch later put his logistics expertise to work for the U.S. military, developing a plan to keep U.S. soldiers involved in transportation out of harm’s way. He is credited with working with local sheiks and other leaders to hire local drivers to drive supply trucks.
Wei was a long-time executive with China Airlines, joining the company in 1971 as a tax researcher. He advanced through the company, holding a series of high-level positions including vice president of Europe, vice president of he passenger sales division and vice president of the Americas. He became president and board director in 2002. He became chairman of China Airlines in 2005 and served in that role until 2012.
Wei is now serving as professor of air transportation at Kai Nai University in Taiwan.
The TIACA Hall of Fame was launched in 1997. Inductees are chosen by TIACA’s Chairman’s Council, which includes all past chairmen and the association’s current chairman. TIACA members, industry organization and industry press are invited to nominated individuals for selection each year.