BANGKOK, 30 June 2015: Tourism Authority of Thailand’s board of directors named Yuthasak Supasorn, as the new governor at its meeting yesterday.
He replaces Thawatchai Arunyik who completed his term at the end of March. He is the first outsider without any direct connection with the agency, or the tourism industry at large, to be appointed to TAT’s top post.
Following the departure of Thawachai, deputy governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa assumed the role of acting governor, pending a board decision on a replacement. It is understood the short list was whittled down to a single candidate from TAT and Yuthasak.
While the TAT board meeting approved the appointment, Monday, it remains a provisional decision and needs to be screened by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. However, it is understood that the Tuesday Cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai ratified the TAT’s board’s decision.
Details of his contract will be released, next week. It is very likely that the official announcement will be made at the TAT Marketing Action Plan presentation, Monday 6 July, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.
Mr Yuthasak works with MCOT Public Company Limited as its executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Prior to that he was the director general of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion and the National Food Institute director general.
He also worked at Office of the National Economics and Social Development Board (2002 to 2004) and the Board of Investment of Thailand (1996 to 2002).
Mr Yuthasak, born 8 January 1966, comes from Roi Et in Northeast Thailand. He graduated with a bachelor degree at the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University (second class honours), and master degree and doctoral degree of economics from Keio University, Japan.