Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) held a Special Board of Directors Meeting 2/2017, chaired by Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, THAI’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, with the following results.
1. Progress on President Selection
Reference is made to the Company’s recruitment announcements for the position of President, resulting in a total of nine candidates. Currently, qualifications of all candidates are being given consideration according to regulations specified in the recruiting announcement. As the Company continues to undergo its Transformation Plan, THAI’s Board of Directors deemed it necessary to appoint an Acting President in the interim during the ongoing President Selection Process. THAI’s Board of Directors approved the appointment of Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit, who will be Acting President during the interim in addition to her current position, effective 10 February 2017.
2. Task Forces on Rolls-Royce Admittance to Bribery
Reference is made to Rolls-Royce’s admittance to the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on allegations of bribery payment regarding the procurement of aircraft engines in several countries including Thailand during 1991-2005 with the accusation that THAI and its employees received money for engine acquisition. The Company has taken the following immediate actions:
- Gather Information to Support NACC
The Company is in close cooperation with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on a continual basis to investigate engine and maintenance related procurement during 1991 and 2005. Mr. Niruj Maneepun, THAI Advisor, Office of the President, is responsible for investigation of engine and maintenance procurements during 1991 and 2005, with reference to Rolls-Royce’s statement of THAI’s involvement.
Furthermore, the Company submitted information to the NACC, which consists of Rolls-Royce engine procurement over three time periods: during 1991-1992, 1994-1997, and 2004-2005. Joint meetings were held between both task forces and the NACC in order to establish joint work objectives, to exchange information, and to cooperate on investigation procedures. The Company has clearly shown its full support of the NACC in all matters and will give its full cooperation to the NACC.
2. Corruption Prevention
The Company set up a task force to investigate the process involved in past and present engine and maintenance procurements, which is under the responsibility of Mr. Pichait Riengvattanasuk, THAI Vice President, Risk Management Department. This is to ensure that THAI’s process is sound and that no loopholes exist in the process. This process has been completely revised and is flawless. The engine procurement process has also been revised in accordance with the procurement regulation 2012. This regulation states the following: 1. Procurements must not be made through a middle man, 2. Committees and working groups must be established to provide a check and balance on power, 3. Procurements must be according to international airline standards for transparency and righteousness, with detailed processes and procedures, complete with documentation that can be cross checked.
The Company has drawn up an Integrity Pact for procurements with engine manufacturers and maintenance companies to ensure no bribery of THAI staff.