Vistara names new CEO

Indian full-service carrier Vistara has appointed Vinod Kannan as CEO, effective since January 1, 2022.

He replaced Leslie Thng who led the airline for more than four years, and is moving on to take up a senior appointment with Singapore Airlines.

With this change, Deepak Rajawat has been promoted to fill Kannan’s previous role as CCO.

Kannan started his stint with Vistara as the chief strategy officer in June 2019 and took over as CCO in January 2020 with the responsibility of developing, executing, and sustaining Vistara’s corporate strategy and ensuring the airline’s commercial success.

He played a pivotal role in launching Vistara’s international operations, expanding its domestic network and fleet size, and driving the airline’s steady growth during the pandemic.

Kannan spent over two decades working with Singapore Airlines and has held several senior positions in the airline’s head office in Singapore as well as overseas.

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