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Thai Airways picks media veteran as new president

BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai Airways International PCL has selected a media conglomerate chief as its new president after the airline's board sacked his predecessor nearly four months ago.

The airline's board of directors on Friday approved the appointment of Sorajak Kasemsuvan, the chairman of MCOT PLC, a media company majority-owned by the Thai government.

Sorajak, 57, has long experience in media industry and took the job at MCOT in 2011. He received a doctorate degree from London School of Economics, was a former BBC Thai radio service reporter and worked as a vice minister in the foreign ministry in the early 2000s.

Thai Airways' board axed its president in May. It said he failed to communicate with fellow directors.

Sorajak is expected to begin his new job in October.

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