Sanjiv Kapoor takes over reins of Jet Airways
Jet Airways has appointed aviation industry’s veteran Sanjiv Kapoor as its CEO (Chief Executive Officer), effective from April 4. The appointment comes as Jet Airways is set to come back to the skies in coming summer months. Kapoor was earlier Chief Operating Officer at SpiceJet and Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at Vistara. He was currently president of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts from which he resigned on Thursday.
Sanjiv Kapoor, a Wharton graduate, started his career in aviation industry with Northwest Airlines (now merged with Delta Airlines) in United States in 1997.
“I am looking forward to getting back to aviation, an industry I am passionate about, with Jet Airways, one of the warmest, classiest and most-loved brands to have graced Indian aviation. Even though Jet Airways has been out of operation for three years, it still has a large fan base of loyal customers who miss it every day and can’t wait for it to take to the skies again,” Kapoor said.
“Working together with a very strong team of experienced aviation professionals that is being put together by the Jalan-Kalrock consortium, I look forward to leading the charge in rebuilding Jet Airways into the most preferred customer-oriented airline once again, a people-focused airline for the digital age,” he added.
Murari Lal Jalan, lead partner of the Jalan-Kalrock consortium and proposed non-executive chairman of Jet Airways said, “I am happy to have Sanjiv join our team… I am certain he will be able to lead Jet Airways and make it become the most preferred full-service carrier of India. Sanjiv is a seasoned aviation professional… I always believe in investing in human capital and by having Sanjiv as the CEO and Vipula as the CFO, I am certain Jet Airways will reclaim its lost glory and surpass everyone’s expectations.”
Days before Kapoor’s appointment, Jet Airways had roped in former Sri Lankan Airlines’ CEO Vipula Gunatileka as its CFO (Chief Financial Officer).