Friday, January 19, 2007

Low-cost airlines seek out pros

New Delhi: Low-cost carriers are out to strengthen their senior management bandwidth. The Bangalore-based Air Deccan is close to appointing a leading consultancy firm to advise it on restructuring the organisational structure, while it scouts for senior management professionals with domain expertise in finance, marketing, taxation, banking and insurance.
The low-cost carrier has just appointed Manab Bose, an ex-Tata group hand, as HR head, while bringing in Reinhard Wilm from GoAir as head of flight training. Over the next one year, Air Deccan would like to have in place a team of 35-40 professionals in senior and middle management positions, at the senior vice-president and vice-president levels.
Air Deccan is not the only low-cost carrier looking for top level professionals. The Delhi-based SpiceJet wants to hire a CFO in the current calendar year to man its expanding operations, while Jeh Wadia’s Go Air may see some new faces at the top, once it decides to ramp up operations, by the year end. The latest low-cost start-up, IndiGo, already has a dozen-odd professionals in its senior management team, with at least two of them being expats. It would add station managers to any new destinations it flies into this year.
19/01/07 Sudipto Dey/Economic Times