Paiboon Wattanasiritham dies

Paiboon Wattanasiritham dies

Paiboon Wattanasiritham, former deputy prime minister and well-known social worker, died of pancreatic cancer on Monday afternoon at the age of 71, doctors at Chulalongkorn Hospital said.

Paiboon Wattanasiritham (Photo by Natthiti Ampriwan)

Born on March 24, 1941 in Ayutthaya's Pak Hai district, Paiboon earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hull University in England in 1967.

He married Chada Krishnamra, now Khunying Chada Wattanasiritham and a former president and CEO of Siam Commercial Bank. They have a son and a daughter.

Paiboon had worked at the Bank of Thailand and the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He was head of the Government Savings Bank, a senator and an economic and social adviser to the government.

He was appointed social development and human security minister during the coup-installed administration of Gen Surayud Chulanont in 2006 and also served as deputy premier a year later.

Paiboon was a member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council between 2001 and 2005.

He was also a member of the 27-member National Reform Assembly following the political violence in 2010.

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