Tuesday, December 04, 2018

IndiGo appoints Rono Dutta as principal consultant to chalk out a five year business plan

IndiGo has appointed Rono Dutta — a global aviation veteran who headed United Airlines and Air Sahara and was a board member at US Airways — as principal consultant to put together a five year business plan for India’s biggest airline by market share, said multiple people aware of the matter.
Dutta, who will report to co-founder Rahul Bhatia, is a top contender to subsequently head the airline, one of the fastest growing in the world, they added on condition of anonymity.
Bhatia is currently interim CEO at IndiGo, after former President Aditya Ghosh quit earlier this year and until a new chief is formally appointed. Senior advisor Gregory Taylor has been slated to take up that position. His security clearance—expatriate airline CEOs need one from the government—has been pending for months, said said one of the people cited above.
Dutta’s appointment was announced to IndiGo’s top management earlier in the day.
Dutta was with United Airlines for 17 years and was its president between 1999 and 2002. He was once a colleague of IndiGo co-founder Rakesh Gangwal who was with the airline between 1984 and 1994, before moving to US Airways where Dutta later became a strategic advisor and member of board.
Dutta and Gangwal were at one time heading rivals United Airlines and US Airways: two Indians at the forefront of the US aviation industry, the largest in the world. Legend has it that Gangwal was the first to call Dutta after his promotion as head of United.
04/12/18 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times