Thai Airways International PCL on Friday (26 Nov) said Chai Eamsiri would become the company’s chief executive from February 1, as it proceeds with a pandemic-driven restructuring plan.
The company said in a statement that Chai, currently the firm’s chief financial officer, was chosen for the top job from 53 internal and external candidates.
It also said, “The appointment is a crucial next step to build trust and confidence among the creditors, passengers and business partners,” adding that Chai had 37 years of experience and knowledge in the Thai aviation industry.
The airline, which has had acting CEOs since 2020, opened applications for the top job in September. Candidates were required to be Thai nationals in line with government regulations.
Thai Airways began bankruptcy-protected restructuring of debt worth 400 billion baht (US$11.17 billion) last year.
The new CEO will have to work with the restructuring committee and oversee the airline’s recovery. (NNT)