Srisook Chandrangsu, who had served as permanent secretary of the former Transport and Communications Ministry, succumbed to lung cancer on Monday at the age of 70.
In his successful four-decade career at what is now the Transport Ministry, Srisook held many prominent positions at major agencies and state enterprises.
After joining the Highways Department in 1956, he was promoted to director-general of the department before becoming director-general of the Civil Aviation Department in 1997 at the age of 44.
Three years later, Srisook was appointed as permanent secretary. during the Thaksin’s era.
Through his position, he also chaired the Airports Authority of Thailand and Thai International Airways.
He was a key figure in controversial projects including the construction of Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Air Transport Rehabilitation and Development Committee, a proposed merger of the Telephone Organisation of Thailand and Communications Authority of Thailand, and conversion of the telecommunications concession scheme.
After his official retirement, he continued to hold major positions in state enterprises.