Jalan Kalrock consortium, the promoters of Jet Airways, have appointed Vipula Gunatilleka as the chief financial officer (CFO) of the airline. He has been tasked with reviving the grounded carrier.
Mr Gunatilleka, who till last month, was the CEO of SriLankan Airlines, will join Jet Airways from March 1, 2022 onwards.
Considered as a “turnaround specialist” and an aviation expert, Mr Gunatilleka had overseen
“the most daunting task of leading SriLankan Airlines during the pandemic. Mr Gunatilleka was head hunted by the board in 2018 to re-structure SriLankan Airlines and in less than two years after assuming the duties as the CEO, the airline recorded positive EBITDA and cash flow for 2019-20 notwithstanding the devastating effects of the terror attacks in April 2019 in Sri Lanka followed by the global pandemic in early 2020″a statement issued by Jet Airways said
As a result of key initiatives introduced to improve the service standards and operational efficiencies, the (SriLankan) airline was accredited with the “World’s Most Punctual Airline” twice in 2019, the statement further added.
Prior to joining SriLankan Airlines, Mr Gunatilleka was the CFO and board member of TAAG Angola Airlines from November 2015 to July 2018 under Emirates Management. He played a pivotal role to turnaround the loss-making national carrier of Angola.
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