Aviation

Air India chairman Nandan gets a 10 month extension

DELHI

National air carrier Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Rohit Nandan got yet another 10-month extension with the airline not being able to find a candidate to replace him. He will now retire in August 2015.

The extension comes on the heel of of an earlier denial by the Narendra Modi government. The civil aviation ministry had recommended a two-year extension to Nandan earlier but he was given a only a three-month extension till August.

Nandan, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, completed his three-year term on August 11. He has been credited with improving the performance of the loss-making air carrier and getting AI a membershop of the coveted 27-member global airlines group Star Alliance.

The government has now ordered that a replacement process for a new CMD after Nandan be started at once. He could be replaced earlier than August 2015, if a suitable candidate is found.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension of Rohit Nandan as the airline’s chairman and managing director till August 21, 2015, or till the appointment of a regular incumbent, whichever is earlier,” an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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