Pham Viet Dung has beaten six other rivals to the job of general director of the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation after the Ministry of Transport organized a competition for the first time to identify the head of a state-owned company.
Dung, 51, now a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, will take over from Hoang Thanh, who is set to retire soon.
In the competition on Monday and Tuesday, all the contestants were asked to spell out their plans to improve the quality of aviation services and ensure aviation safety.
They were also asked to defend their opinions against the criticism made by a jury comprised of aviation experts.
In Vietnam, it is unusual for state offices and companies to select leaders through tests.
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said the ministry would continue to hold tests to select leaders of state-owned companies to ensure transparency and fairness.
The next post that contestants will vie for is that of chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines).
Late last year CAAV director Lai Xuan Thanh came out with a withering review of the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation staff following a spate of near-collisions, radar blackouts and delays.
He said nearly 40 percent of air traffic controllers got average or poor performance reviews.
Thang later blamed the problem on nepotism, saying Vietnamese aviation firms suffer from low-quality human resources because airport and air traffic management companies find it hard to educate their staff, who are the children or relatives of bosses.