Chandrasekaran carries out a major reshuffle in Air India’s top management


Tata Group has yet to appoint Air India’s CEO.

Tata Group has yet to appoint Air India’s CEO.

Air India Chairman N Chandrasekaran on Friday undertook a major reshuffle in the recently acquired airline’s top management, with Nipun Aggarwal appointed as chief commercial officer and Suresh Dutt Tripathi as chief human resources officer.

Mr Aggarwal, who is also senior vice president at Tata Sons, replaces Air India veteran Meenakshi Malik, while Mr Tripathi, who was vice president of human resources at Tata Steel from 2012 to 2021, succeeds AI’s Amrita Sharan.

The order was given by Mr Chandrasekaran, who is also Chairman of Tata Sons.

According to a company statement, Ms Malik and Ms Sharan were appointed as advisers to Air India’s CEO on Friday.

As Tata Group is yet to appoint Air India’s CEO, Ms Malik and Ms Sharan will currently be advisors to Mr Chandrasekaran, it said.

Satya Ramaswamy, who previously worked at Tata Consultancy Services, was appointed chief digital and technology officer at Air India on Friday, the order said.

Rajesh Dogra has been appointed as Air India’s head of customer experience and ground handling, it said.

Air India veteran RS Sandhu will continue to serve as Air India’s chief of operations, it said.

Another Air India veteran, Vinod Hejmadi, will continue to serve as chief financial officer, it said.

“The new appointments will exercise the powers of function/department heads as per the delegation. We wish them well in their new roles,” Mr. Chandrasekaran stated in the order.

After a competitive bidding process, the government had sold Air India to Talace Private Limited – a subsidiary of the Tata Group holding company – for ₹18,000 crore on October 8 last year.

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