Chief Operating Officer and Cofounder, Appier
Dragon General Aviation Group
As the daughter of the Hong Kong magnate who founded carrier Dragonair (now rebranded as Cathay Dragon), it’s not too surprising that Diana Chou found her calling in aviation.
The founder and chairperson of Dragon General Aviation Group, Chou was the first female to sell private jets in Asia (her first sale took two years to complete), and in the 20 years since then has helped shape the development of the private aircraft sales and leasing business in the region.
Much of the boom in private aircraft sales has come from China, where Chou pioneered the sale of private helicopters through her subsidiary Aerochine Aviation. It is also China where Chou sees much of the future growth coming from, although perhaps not necessarily from traditional aircraft.
Chou says she's also looking to expand her business focus and invest in more disruptive businesses in the region, in particular autonomous aerial vehicles (AAV) and the emergence of air taxi services.
And despite the effects COVID-19 has had on the aviation industry, Chou remains optimistic.
“As entrepreneurs we have to be resilient and adaptable to challenges,” Chou tells Business Insider. “Struggles redefine us as leaders. If we stay positive and passionate, we will triumph and soar.”