Sorachak Kasemsuwan, chairman of MCOT Plc, is tipped to become the president of Thai Airways International Plc, being the only qualified candidate.
Areepong Bhoocha-oom, finance permanent secretary as chairman of the THAI selection committee, said that Sorachak is scheduled for the interview on Sept 10.
Areepong said that from five candidates, Sorachak is the only one qualified for the top post at THAI. After the interview, when Sorachak is to reveal his plans for the national carrier, the selection committee will then submit the nomination for the board's approval within this month.
The selection process was given a clearance from THAI's chairman, Ampon Kittiampon. He said yesterday that even though only one candidate is qualified, the process could continue if the selection committee considered that the application period was appropriate.
"(On the selection process), I can't comment on that. As chairman, my opinion could indicate anything. I will need to wait for the selection committee's report, and then the entire board would review that," he said.
The Finance Ministry owns 51 per cent in the Thai national carrier.
According to Areepong, all the five applicants are outsiders. He did not reveal the names of the applicants. Sources close to the matter said that Sorachak is the most likely candidate to succeed Piyasvasti Amranand, whose employment contract was prematurely terminated in June.
The other two applicants are ML Hathaichanok Kridakorn who is now general manager of Accor Asia Pacific Corporation; and Krissanet Sriprasert, commercial counsellor of Embassy of the State of Qatar in Thailand. Two others submitted their applications by mail and are expected to be dismissed due to requests for remuneration of over Bt150 million.
Piyasvasti's last salary was Bt990,000. Areepong said earlier that whether the new president would earn as much as Piyasvasti depends on the capability.