Just one taker for AoT job

There seems to be little interest in the post of Airports of Thailand (AoT) president, as only one application was submitted by the Jan 30 deadline.

The sole applicant was reportedly Pruet Boobphakam, a former executive vice-president of Thai Airways International (THAI).

As a result, the state-controlled company, which runs the country's six major airports, will wait one more month for applicants, AoT sources said yesterday.

Regulations require more than one applicant for the top post at the firm, which in fiscal 2012 ended last Sept 30 achieved revenue of 30.5 billion baht for a net profit of 6.49 billion.

Like several other state enterprises, AoT is facing difficulty attracting applicants for executive jobs, which are perceived as involving too much political meddling and tend to be short-lived unless the person was nominated by the politicians themselves.

Anirut Thanomkulbutra was removed prematurely as AoT president effective last Nov 27, with no clear reason given.

He was in the job for only one year of a four-year term after allegations that he neither followed the instructions of the board nor impressed staff.

Mr Pruet has for several months made known his interest in the AoT job, and reports suggest he has garnered support from the ruling Pheu Thai Party.

He left THAI in 2010 after an alleged irregularity while he was leading the flag carrier's cargo unit.

Mr Pruet could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Somchai Sawasdeepon, AoT's senior executive vice-president for engineering and construction, has served as acting president since last Oct 26.

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