ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, December 11, 2009 – Regional airline LIAT has appointed a female to its engineering team, the carrier said in a statement Friday, the first time in its 53-year history that a woman is serving in this capacity.
She is Tesia Alexander, 28, a native of Guyana, who has been employed with LIAT for the past two years, having joined the company in 2007 as a Licensed Mechanic.
“We are particularly pleased to welcome Ms Alexander to our engineering staff,” Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Challenger said.
“LIAT’s Engineering Department has a proud history of achievements and this record can only be enhanced with the addition of our first female engineer.
“We also have at least one more young female engineer in training and so we can expect to see an increasing number of female professionals as part of our engineering team,” the acting CEO said, adding that “this can only auger well for the future of the company and underlines LIAT’s role in building human resource capabilities in the Eastern Caribbean”.
Also congratulating Ms Alexander on her achievement is LIAT’s Director of Engineering Alan Alexander who said she has demonstrated the qualities the company strives for in the aircraft maintenance field - honesty, integrity and diligence.
“She continues to deliver good quality and professional work, constantly striving to deliver safe and comfortable aircraft to our customers,” Mr. Alexander said. “We are very excited and proud to have her as an Engineer.”
For her part, Ms Alexander is encouraging other females who are contemplating a career in Engineering not to be afraid to step up to the challenge.
“I would encourage them to join the engineering field as it has been a very rewarding and satisfying experience for me,” Ms Alexander said.
“In my opinion the glass ceiling was broken way back in 1963 when the first woman went into space, so now it is just a matter of women dreaming dreams and realizing them.”
She noted that while working in a male dominated environment can be quite challenging at times, for the most part it has been quite exciting and dynamic.
“I was better accepted than I thought I would have been but ever so often I am reminded that I am working in a male dominated environment and the experience keeps growing day by day,” Ms. Alexander noted.
“I was expecting a lot of hostility, some of which I did encounter, but not as much as I expected.”
LIAT is one of the leading Caribbean airlines. It is owned by regional shareholders, with the major shareholders being the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More information about LIAT may be found at www.liat.com .
Desmond Brown, Corporate Communications Manager, LIAT (1974) Limited, Head Office, Sealey Building, Sir George Walter Highway, Antigua. Telephone: +268 480 5600 EXT 6222, fax: +268 480 5638 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.