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Dr. Zhihang
Air China
Highly accomplished executive, strong leader, and recognized voice in the industry.

As the top executive of Air China’s most strategically important region, I lead a team of 300+ people of diverse backgrounds. On my watch, our business has grown more than six times in a span of a decade. I have built a unique subculture within the company, inspiring our people with my motto of “Be Different and Make a Difference.” I empower, encourage and encourage my team to innovate, to take risks, to break through sometimes stifling bureaucracy and add value: To pursue a dream and vision with passion and purpose.

The explosive growth of U.S.-China aviation is in no small measure directly attributable to a highly successful campaign aimed at streamlining the visa processing for Chinese visitors. I was closely involved in this; I personally called on senators and congress people, senior federal officials, state and municipal leaders. I sought out like-minded allies and created a strong alliance among industry leaders, labor groups, airport leaders, OEMs, hospitality industry leaders and advocacy groups. No Chinese company has ever mounted such a far-reaching, impactful campaign.

I am a strong communicator. I love interacting people, from our staff to our customers, our partners, our stakeholders and our competitors, or simply anybody I meet on an airplane.

I love flying high at 35,000 feet but will hit the ground running any time. I pride myself on rolling up my sleeves and getting my hands dirty, a capacity rooted in and forged by years of extensive experience in multiple fields of our business.

I’m a regular on the speaking circuit around the world on subjects ranging from airline regulation, airline business strategy, international aviation, U.S.-China relations, to innovation and disruption, digital transformation, connected aircraft, customer centricity, and operational excellence.