Vinod Kannan to replace Leslie Thng as Vistara Chief Executive Officer

Just a day before Tata Group is ready and set to bid for Air India, Vistara has announced a change as Vinod Kannan replaces Leslie Thng as the CEO of the full- service airline with effect from January 1, 2022.

Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, after leading Vistara for more than four years will move on to take up a senior appointment with Singapore Airlines (SIA) from January 1, 2022, the joint venture between Tata Sons and SIA said in a release.

Kannan is currently serving as Vistara’s chief commercial officer. He joined the airline in June 2019 after starting his career with Singapore Airlines in 2001. Leslie has led the airline through a significant phase, with the start of international operations and the entry into service of various aircraft including the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Vistara chairman Bhaskar Bhat said. 

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Vinod will lead Vistara in its next phase of growth, building on the strong foundation,laid by leslie. The announcement comes at a time when the Tata Group is ready to bid for a 100% stake in Air India and Air India Express. 


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