The Airports of Thailand board of directors on Thursday agreed to appoint senior vice-president of Thaicom, Makin Petplai, as the new AoT president.
Mr Makin, 44, resigned from Thaicom, where he worked for two decades, last week and applied for the job at AoT, the majority state-owned firm that runs Thailand's six major airports.
Thaicom is the satellite affiliate of InTouch Plc, formerly known as Shin Corporation, the telecom giant founded by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Mr Makin had worked under the umbrella of Shin Corp throughout his career. He joined Shinawatra Satellite Pcl (later renamed as Shin Satellite and Thaicom respectively) in 1993 and worked his way up to executive.
Mr Makin is reportedly favoured by the Pheu Thai Party and it was expected earlier that he would be chosen for the supreme position at AoT.
AoT has been without a permanent chief executive since last November, when Anirut Thanomkulbutra was removed prematurely with no clear reason given.
Mr Anirut had been in the job for only one year of a four-year term when allegations arose that he neither followed the instructions of the board nor impressed staff.
Two previous rounds of a search for a replacement were in vain. The most recent saw all four applicants rejected.
The screening committee, headed by AoT board director Wutisak Lapcharoensap, had reported to the board of directors that all of the applicants failed to meet the criteria in their “vision'' presentations by scoring below the 80% mark set by the panel.
As a result, the board decided to announce a new round of applications for the post of AoT president between Sept 5 and 18, with Mr Makin being widely tipped to succeed.
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