MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced on Tuesday, June 18, that Vivienne Tan will be officer-in-charge of the flag carrier as its president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista is retiring.
Vivienne is the daughter of PAL chairman and chief executive officer Lucio Tan. She also serves as the concurrent executive vice president, treasurer, and chief administrative officer of the airline.
“As this is the beginning of [Bautista’s] retirement life with his family, let it also be the beginning of even greater dreams for PAL,” Vivienne said in a statement to the media.
PAL also said it will still be “business as usual” despite the transition. “All flights and services are proceeding as scheduled,” according to the flag carrier.
Vivienne has been working for PAL since 2011. She also sits as a board member of the Tan holding firm LT Group, Philippine National Bank, Eton Properties, Dynamic Holdings, University of the East, and the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.
Vivienne holds a double degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of San Francisco. She received the Ten Oustanding Young Men Award for business education and entrepreneurship in 2006.
She once ran for Congress, challenging then-Quezon City 1st District representative Bingbong Crisologo in 2010. But she was disqualified when the Court of Appeals (CA) granted Crisologo’s petition to exclude her from the voter list over her United States citizenship. In 2018, the Supreme Court affirmed the CA ruling. – Rappler.com