Air India CEO-designate Campbell Wilson gets security clearance from the home ministry


The Ministry of Home Affairs has given security clearance to Air India CEO-designate Campbell Wilson, clearing the way for him to take charge of the airline.

Under civil aviation rules, clearance of the home ministry is mandatory for the appointment of key personnel at airlines, including foreigners.

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Tata Sons on May 12 announced the appointment of Campbell Wilson as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Air India after taking over the loss-making carrier on January 27.

Air India CEO-designate Campbell Wilson gets security clearance from the home ministry

Weeks after taking over Air India carrier, Tata Sons named Turkish Airlines’ former Chairman Lyker Ayci as Air India’s MD and CEO. Lyker Ayci was supposed to take over the MD and CRO of the carrier in April. Lyker Ayci, however, declined to join the group amid concerns expressed over his appointment in certain quarters.

Campbell Wilson was the CEO of Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot Air. Singapore Airlines is a joint venture partner of Tata Group in full-service carrier Vistara.

After working with Singapore Airlines, Campbell Wilson worked for the carrier in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2011, he returned to Singapore, as the founding CEO of Scoot, which he led until 2016.

Air India was started by the Tata Group in 1932 and the carrier was nationalised in 1953. 

At Singapore Airlines, Campbell Wilson also served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, where he oversaw pricing, distribution, e-commerce, merchandising, brand and marketing, global sales and the airline’s overseas offices. In April 2020, he returned for a second stint as the CEO of Scoot Air. Twenty-six years ago, Campbell Wilson started as a management trainee with Singapore Airlines.

“The airline’s best years are yet to come. The journey to make Air India a world-class airline will require efforts that are “big and small, easy and difficult.”

Campbell Wilson in a message to Air India’s employees

In October 2021, the government through a competitive bidding process sold Air India to Talace Private Limited, a subsidiary of Tata Sons for INR 18,000 crore.