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Govt clears appointment of new Vistara CEO Leslie Thng

Leslie is set to take charge of the new position next week, an airline official said

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


The has cleared the appointment of Thng as the chief executive officer (CEO) of airline Vistara, a senior official said today.

Thng was named as the new CEO of Vistara in place of Phee Teik Yeoh, who is returning to this month to take up a senior position with the parent company, Airlines (SIA).

"Security clearance (to the appointment of Thng) has been granted," a top civil aviation ministry official told PTI.

The board of Vistara and the airlines two promoters had named Thng to succeed Yeoh as chief executive from October.

is set to take charge of the new position next week, an airline official said.

"We have secured all the regulatory approvals, including the mandatory Home Ministry's security clearance, for the appointment of Thng. He will assume charge as the CEO next week," a Vistara executive said.

The Delhi-based airline is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Airlines.

The incumbent Yeoh has been steering Vistara since the launch of its operations in January 2015.

Thng started his career at Airlines and has held many senior positions at the airline. Prior to becoming the chief commercial officer at Budget Aviation Holdings, a Airlines-owned holding company, he was the CEO of SilkAir.

He is coming at the helm of Vistara at a time when it is preparing to fly overseas.

Thng will lead Vistara in its next phase of growth, including international operations, building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the airline under the leadership of Yeoh, Vistara had said on his appointment.

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 21:27 IST