Sunday, July 17, 2022

Security clearance to Air India CEO designate Wilson after background check: officials

The Union Home Ministry is examining the application to give security clearance to Air India Chief Executive Officer designate Campbell Wilson and the nod will be given once the thorough background check is completed, officials said. The Tata Sons, which took over from the government the loss-making airline on January 27 this year, announced the appointment of Wilson on May 12.

The application for security clearance to Air India CEO designate Campbell Wilson is under consideration and the approval will be given once the background check is completed, officials privy to the issue said.

Wilson was the CEO of Singapore Airlines' wholly-owned subsidiary Scoot Air.

Singapore Airlines is a joint venture partner of Tata Group in full service carrier Vistara.

As the security clearance is taking time, Wilson is yet to formally take over the charge of the Air India, industry sources said.

A query sent to Air India on Wilson's security clearance and when is he expected to officially join the airline did not elicit a response.

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, a Turkish national, who was to take over on April 1, declined to join the group amid concerns in certain quarters over his reported close links with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan.

17/07/22 PTI/Economic Times

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