NEW DELHI: Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan will serve as CEO of the airline effective January 1, 2022, when current incumbent Leslie Thng returns to Singapore Airline (SIA).
Vistara is a full-service joint venture of the Tata Group and SIA. The move comes at a time when Tatas is seen as the pioneer in the acquisition of Air India and both SIA hardware and software, which is currently not on board AI’s likely homecoming for the founding group, They will be useful to operate the popular long haul of the Maharaja. to distant continents.
Kannan had joined Vistara in June 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer and currently leads areas such as network planning, revenue management, marketing, customer experience, and booth service functions. He began his career at SIA in 2001 and has held various senior positions with the airline.
Before joining Vistara, he served as CCO of Scoot, the budget arm of SIA. With an MBA from the National University of Singapore and the University of California, Los Angeles, Kannan has taken charge of global network planning and spent eight years leading operations in Indonesia, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
Vistara President Bhaskar Bhat said: “Leslie has led the airline through a significant phase, with the commencement of international operations and the entry into service of several aircraft, including the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Vinod will lead Vistara into its next phase of growth, building on the solid foundation established by Leslie. This company continues to benefit from the strong commitment of the two partners Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines with Vistara ”.
Leslie Thng, who led Vistara as CEO for more than four years, will rise to a senior position at SIA effective January 1, 2022.
The airline board appointed Vinod Kannan to succeed Thng effective January 1, 2022. TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the Vistara brand, is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and SIA had commented on operations in January 2015.
It currently has a fleet of 48 aircraft, including 37 Airbus A320s, three Airbus A321neo, six Boeing 737-800NG and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and the network spans across India to international destinations such as Frankfurt, London and Tokyo.