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‘There are other mountains to climb’: Air India CEO designate Campbell Wilson says in farewell note to Scoot colleagues

NEW DELHI: “…there are other mountains to climb…” This is how Campbell Wilson, Managing Director and CEO Designate of Air India, described his decision to leave Scoot and join AI.
Wilson said this in a moving farewell letter to his colleagues in the budget arm of Singapore Airlines (SIA).
“I am honored to have been chosen by Air India’s Board of Directors as the new CEO of this airline. 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,” the aviation veteran said in his note. .
Wilson, 50, is currently the CEO of SIA’s budget arm, Scoot, and will bid farewell from there on June 15. Former Tata-SIA JV Vistara CEO Leslie Thng will succeed him at Scoot.
With full-service AI and Vistara and low-cost AI Express and AirAsia India in its fold, the Tatas have selected someone who has a wealth of experience running both of these models.
“Dear Colleagues, It is with deeply mixed feelings that I write this note to you…I have informed the management team and your union officials of my resignation from Scoot and the SIA Group. It was by no means an easy decision to leave. SIA was my first professional job and has been my home for the past 26 years,” the note reads.
“Across 3 continents, 6 countries and over 12 roles, SIA has given me so many more opportunities and experiences than I could have ever dreamed of. It’s especially hard to leave Scoot that, in two chapters, I ‘ve had the honor and pleasure of nurturing – along with a wonderful, wonderful group of people, past and present – from a simple spreadsheet to, among other things, the world’s best long-haul low-cost airline… Scoot was truly a labor of love.
“My successor as CEO of Scoot, Leslie Thng, will be familiar to many of you from when he was our CCO in 2016-2017, or as CE of SilkAir before that. I know Les will do a job wonderful and I am reassured that you are in good hands. Rest assured that he and I will complete a full handover before I leave on June 15. Scoot faces the future from a position of strength. The foundations built over the years are solid, and we have indeed used the past two years to reshape and strengthen the organization, optimize the future fleet, improve systems, processes and capabilities, and embark on exciting projects.
“….My own little contribution to this DNA is almost complete. But yours is not. So be brave and don’t be shy and freely share your knowledge, abilities, whims and passions. And above all, keep aiming high. For if, collectively, you do, I have no doubt that Scoot’s future will be bright and the future itself will, without a doubt, be yellow. My sincere thanks for all your support and friendship over the years. I will miss the Scoot team very much. Campbell,” it read.
Wilson started as a management trainee with SIA in New Zealand in 1996. He then worked for SIA in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan before returning to Singapore in 2011 as founding CEO of Scoot, which he run until 2016.
He then served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SIA, where he oversaw pricing, distribution, e-commerce, merchandising, brand and marketing, global sales and corporate offices. airline overseas, before returning for a second term as CEO of Scoot in April 2020. He holds a Masters of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.