Executive moves: SIA’s Scoot taps new CEO

Boarding a Scoot flightBoarding a Scoot flight. Photo taken pre-Covid.

Singapore Airlines‘ low-cost carrier subsidiary Scoot has appointed Leslie Thng as CEO, effective 16 June, replacing Campbell Wilson, who has resigned, the carrier said in a filing to SGX Thursday.

Thng, age 47, who has been with SIA Group for 23 years, is currently senior vice president of sales and marketing for Singapore Airlines, the filing said. Previously, between October 2017 and December 2021, he was the CEO of Vistara, SIA’s Indian joint venture with Tata Sons, and he was the chief commercial officer (CCO) of Scoot from May 2016 to October 2017, the filing said. In addition, Thng was chief executive of SIA regional carrier SilkAir from August 2012 to May 2016, the filing said.

Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, noted Thng led Vistara through a period of significant domestic and international growth.

“He has also had a broad range of management experience within the SIA Group and is no stranger to Scoot, having previously been its CCO. Scoot is an integral part of our portfolio of airlines, and we are confident it will emerge stronger and retain its leadership position in the low-cost market segment with Leslie at the helm,” Goh said in the statement.

Wilson, whose last day as Scoot’s CEO is 15 June, will be joining Air India as its new CEO, the filing said. Wilson, age 50, has been CEO of Scoot since April 2020, and was the founding CEO of Scoot between 2011 to 2016, the filing said.