Tata Sons Names SIA’s Campbell Wilson as Air India’s New CEO

Tata Sons said it has appointed Campbell Wilson, a veteran at its partner Singapore Airlines, as the new chief executive of Air India.

“The Air India board approved the appointment of Wilson subject to requisite regulatory approvals. Wilson, 50, has 26 years of aviation industry expertise across both full-service and low-cost airlines,” Tata Sons said in a statement.

“Air India is at the cusp of an exciting journey to become one of the best airlines in the world, offering world class products and services with a distinct customer experience that reflects Indian warmth and hospitality. I am excited to join Air India and Tata colleagues in the mission of realising that ambition,” said Wilson. Wilson is currently the CEO of Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost, medium-to-long haul subsidiary airline. Former Vistara chief Leslie Thng will replace Wilson at Scoot.

As the new chief of Air India, Wilson will helm the aviation-to-automobile conglomerate’s ambitious mission of turning around the beleaguered airline, implementing a much-needed rev up of its service standards and integrating operations with its AirAsia India and possibly Vistara, Tata’s jointly owned airline with SIA. Air India recently made AirAsia India its wholly owned subsidiary. It will likely be merged with its low-cost international unit Air India Express. Wilson started off as a management trainee with Singapore Airlines in New Zealand in 1996.

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