Executive Shift at Sino Swearingen
As Sino Swearingen prepares to shift from certification flight-testing to full-scale production of the SJ30-2, it has also shifted the CEO title from company president Carl Chen to chairman Ching-Chiang Kuo. “Chen still remains in charge of the day-to-day activities at the company,” a spokesman told AIN. According to the Tapei Times, the appointment may have been politically motivated, since Taiwan’s $500 million investment in Sino Swearingen has drawn fire from opposition parties. Before joining Sino Swearingen, Kuo was Taiwan’s vice chairman of the Public Construction Committee, where he was responsible for successful public construction projects throughout Taiwan. But he’s no stranger to the aerospace industry. Before joining the Taiwan government, he spent 26 years at Rockwell (now Boeing) working on satellite programs, in addition to the space shuttle and international space station. When Kuo joined the company in February, his stated goal was to get the SJ30-2 certified by the end of the year. Sino Swearingen appears on track to reach this objective.