Thai Airways names new president

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Thai Airways has appointed Sorajak Kasemsuvan as its new president.

Kasemsuvan will replace acting president Chokchai Panyayong, who assumed the position in June after former president Piyasvasti Amranand was sacked by the carrier's board.

Kasmesuvan was previously chairman of Thai media company MCOT Public Company, according to filings on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Thai did not state when he will assume the position.

Thai's board sacked Amranand on 21 May because of "communication issues". He had succeeded in reversing the flag carrier's losses and helping it return to profitability over the last few years.

Amranand, however, lacked support from some sections within the Thai government, especially in their refusal to give the green light to a plan to form a joint venture with Singapore's Tiger Airways. That led to Amranand publicly taking the government to task several times, a tactic that sources say made him unpopular with many in the government.