Phee Teik Yeoh: Chief Executive Officer, Vistara

Chief Executive Officer, Vistara

As the first chief executive officer of Vistara, Phee Teik Yeoh has steered a select team towards launching Vistara, a full-service airline that promises to transform the flying experience of the Indian air traveller with its service excellence, making the journey seamless and hassle-free.

Established in January 2015, Vistara has grown to expand its network across the country. The airline has a fleet of 15 aircraft and serves 19 destinations with close to 600 weekly flights. Talking about the airline’s expansion plans, Yeoh asserts, “We will continue to expand our network over the next few months, as the majority of the remaining aircraft (of the initial order of 20) will arrive by the end of the current fiscal year. We expect our 20th aircraft to arrive by June 2018.” Further, he goes on to explain the airline’s strategy to sustain its growth and adds, “We continuously focus on our three strategic prerogatives of service excellence, operational excellence and cost leadership.”

Yeoh has had a long and fruitful association with Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA). In a career with SIA spanning over two decades, Yeoh rose up the ranks by sheer dint of hard work and professional skills and has held responsible management roles and headed various departments in different capacities across different markets. To name a few, he headed the airline’s offices as state manager in Germany and as country manager in the UK (including responsibility for Ireland, Cyprus and Israel) and the US, leading the entire spectrum of SIA operations in the regions.

Adding to his diversity, he has exceptional experience and in-depth knowledge of all major functions within the airline such as planning, commercial technology, business management, sales and marketing, and IT. This can be attributed to the fact that he has worked across a wide spectrum of divisions in the airline. Besides, he was also assigned to the chairman’s office where he worked for a year.

In the past, Yeoh has been associated with illustrious companies such as Abacus International Pte Limited, Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and SilkAir as a board director.

Academically, Yeoh holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore. He has also been an Asean Scholar and a Singapore Airlines Scholar.

On the personal front, Yeoh enjoys golf, music and cooking in his spare time. His family comprises his wife and their teenage son.