After rejecting its initial pick, Tata Sons is set to name a new chief executive officer (CEO) for Air India in the coming days. Ilker Ayci of Turkey renounced the position due to controversy surrounding his appointment.
Tata group has finalised the new appointment after conducting conversations in the last several days, citing authorities.
The coffee-to-cars conglomerate based in Mumbai wants the airline’s new boss to take over as soon as possible and fix the operational concerns.
Tata Sons announced Ayci, the former chairman of Turkish Airlines, as the new CEO of Air India last month.
He, on the other hand, declined the part due to his former political ties.
On April 1, Ayci was supposed to take over.When Recep Tayyip Erdogan was mayor of Istanbul in 1994, Ayci was an adviser to him.
Erdogan, a key Pakistan ally, had already expressed displeasure with the weakening of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Ilker Ayci was one of the applicants chosen by recruitment agency Egon Zhender for Air India’s corner office.
- For a replacement for Ayci, the group looked over the list of other similarly qualified applicants.
- They are eager to finish the appointment without spending any more time.
- It is understood that the new board of directors of Air India will be unveiled after the hiring of a CEO.
- Former British Airways CEO Alex Cruz is said to have been approached for the post.
- There is currently no confirmation on the subject.
- Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran has stated that the company wants to expand Air India’s network, modernise its fleet, improve customer service, and make it the most technologically advanced airline in the world.
According to officials, the new CEO’s main focus will be on modernising the airline’s fleet in order to develop both domestic and foreign markets.
Tata Group won a bid to buy a 100 percent stake in Air India and its low-cost overseas subsidiary Air India after a vigorous bidding procedure.
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