BANGKOK, 9 February 2017: Thai Airways International’s search for a new president resulted in a short list of nine candidates, who are now under consideration, according to a statement by the airline’s board of directors, Wednesday.
Reporting on the results of the 7 February board meeting the airline said qualifications of the nine applicants are being given consideration according to regulations specified in the recruitment announcement.
The airline, in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, “acknowledged the end of the term of Charamporn Jotikasthira” as airline president.
As an interim measure, the board approved the appointment of executive vice president, aviation business unit, Usanee Sangsingkeo, as acting president in addition to her current duties, with effect 10 February.
In a comment on the Rolls-Royce bribery scandal regarding aircraft engine sales to several countries including Thailand, the board confirmed it was gathering information for the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
The investigation focuses on allegations in a Rolls-Royce statement that THAI executives received bribes for engine and maintenance related procurement during 1991 and 2005.
Office of the president advisor, Niruj Maneepun, is responsible for the investigation of engine and maintenance procurements.
The airline submitted information to NACC related to Rolls-Royce engine procurements over three time periods: 1991 to 1992; 1994 to 1997; and 2004 to 2005.
In the meantime, the board confirmed that the airline’s. engine procurement process has also been revised in accordance with the procurement regulation 2012.
This regulation requires that procurements must not be made through middlemen, and that committees and working groups must be established to provide checks and balances to monitor the process according to international airline standards on transparency and good governance.