Campbell Wilson called his appointment as CEO and Managing Director of Air India a fantastic opportunity to lead a historic airline and said there were “mountains to climb” in his new tenure.
Wilson is currently Managing Director of Scoot Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is a joint venture partner of the Tata Group in the full-service carrier Vistara.
On Thursday, Tata Sons announced Wilson’s appointment as managing director and chief executive of Air India.
In a statement sent to Scoot employees on Friday, he said: ‘This afternoon I informed the management team and your union leaders of my resignation from Scoot and the SIA Group.
He said it was by no means an easy decision to leave and that SIA was his first professional job and he had been home for 26 years.
Wilson noted that across three continents, six countries, and more than 12 roles, SIA has given him many more opportunities and experiences than he could have ever dreamed of.
“It’s especially hard to leave Scoot which, in two chapters, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of nurturing – with a wonderful, wonderful group of people, past and present – from a simple spreadsheet to, between others, the world’s best low-cost long-haul airline,” he said.
From the early years of start-up and rapid growth, to the depths of aviation’s worst crisis and now accelerating recovery, Scoot has truly been a labor of love, he said. .
“But there are other mountains to climb, and I am honored to have been chosen by Air India’s Board of Directors as the new CEO of this airline,” he said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a historic airline, now owned by the Tata Group, to new heights, and I am grateful to embark on this exciting challenge with the full blessing of the SIA management team. “, he noted.
The Tata Group took control of Air India on January 27, after successfully winning the airline’s bid on October 8 last year.