50-year-old Wilson will take over the responsibility of Air India
Air India gets new CEO: 50-year-old Wilson will take over the responsibility of Air India, former CEO of low cost airline Scoot Tata Sons has appointed Campbell Wilson as the new MD and CEO of Air India. Commenting on the appointment, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Air India said, “I am delighted to welcome Campbell to Air India. He is a veteran of the industry. Air India will benefit from the experience. I look forward to working with him in building a world class airline.
Wilson, 50, has 26 years of experience in the aviation industry. This includes both full service and low-cost airlines. He has worked for the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group for over 15 years in countries such as Japan, Canada and Hong Kong. Let us also tell you here that SIA is also a partner in the Tata-owned airline Vistara. Campbell Wilson said, “It is an honor to be chosen to lead the iconic Air India and be part of the Tata Group. Air India is on an exciting journey to become one of the best airlines in the world. I look forward to joining Air India and Tata partners in the mission to make that ambition a reality. Wilson holds a Master of Commerce (First Class Honours) in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
He started his career as a Management Trainee with Singapore Airlines in New Zealand in 1996. He then worked for the SIA in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. Returning to Singapore in 2011, he worked as the founding CEO of low cost airline Scoot. He remained in this post till 2016. He served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SIA before becoming CEO of Scoot again in April 2020. During this time he oversaw Pricing, Distribution, E-commerce, Merchandising, Brand & Marketing, Global Sales and Airline Overseas Offices. Now he has been given the command of Air India. It is expected that his Scoot airline experience will be of great use to Air India.
Tata had earlier appointed former Turkish Airlines chairman Ilkar Aysi as MD and CEO, but he later declined to take over the reins of the airline. Tata Sons currently has three airlines. This includes Air Asia, Vistara and Air India. Tata Group bought 100% stake in Air India for Rs 18,300 crore. The deal was completed on 27 January and from that day Tata Sons became its owner. Tata has become the second largest airline in the country after the takeover of Tata Sons. Its entire share has been transferred to Tales Private Limited.