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Kulit to be 'nominated next PTT board chairman’

Kulit to be 'nominated next PTT board chairman’

THURSDAY, October 08, 2020
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An Energy Ministry news source revealed that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow is planning to nominate ministry permanent secretary Kulit Sombatsiri as the new board chairman of PTT Plc to replace Krairit Euchukanonchai, who will turn 65 in December and therefore can no longer remain a board member of a state enterprise.

Supattanapong had previously tried to nominate former PTT CEO and former deputy transport minister Pailin Chuchottaworn as PTT board chairman but was unsuccessful. Pailin was named a PTT board member instead.
Kulit is also the current chairman of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) board, which means that if he were to chair the PTT board he would have to resign from this position first and Egat would need to find a new board chairman.
The source speculated that the move is Supattanapong’s plan to reshuffle the top rung of state enterprises under the Energy Ministry so that he gains total control of those state enterprises.
Back in August, Kulit had expressed his intention to return to the Finance Ministry as the permanent secretary, but the Cabinet instead approved Krisda Chinavicharana, former director-general of the Customs Department, for the position.