The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given safety clearance to Air India CEO-designate Campbell Wilson, paving the best way for him to take cost of the airline, a authorities official mentioned. The MHA nod got here after an intensive background examine.
The transfer comes nearly two months after Tata Sons, which took over the loss-making airline from the federal government on January 27 this yr, introduced Wilson’s appointment. The announcement of Wilson appointment because the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Air India was made by Tata Sons on May 12.
However, for Wilson to takeover, a nod from the MHA was wanted. “The Ministry of Home Affairs has given safety clearance to Air India CEO-designate Campbell Wilson,” a senior government official told ANI. Under civil aviation rules, MHA clearance is mandatory for the appointment of key personnel at airlines, especially foreigners.
An aviation industry Veteran with over 26 years of experience, Wilson began as a management trainee with Singapore Airlines.
Wilson has also worked as the CEO of Singapore Airlines’ wholly-owned subsidiary Scoot Air. He was the founding CEO of Scoot, which he led until 2016. Significantly, Singapore Airlines is a partner of the Tata Group in the joint venture Vistara.
Wilson also served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing of Singapore Airlines, where he oversaw pricing, distribution, e-commerce, merchandising, brand and marketing, global sales and the airline’s overseas offices, before returning for a second stint as the CEO of Scoot in April 2020.
Weeks after taking over the carrier, Tata Sons, on February 14, named Turkish Airlines’ former chairman Lyker Ayci as Air India’s MD and CEO. However, Ayci, who was to take over on April 1, declined to join the group amid concerns expressed over his appointment in certain quarters.