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Jet Airways strengthen its senior management team ahead of its revival

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Jet Airways, which is now owned by the Jalan-Kalrock consortium, has been on a hiring spree days after it received the regulator’s nod to resume operations. Moving ahead to restart flights later this year, Jet Airways has announced names of new appointments to its leadership team.

The airline has appointed Mark Turner as the vice president of inflight product and services, Prabh Sharan Singh as chief digital officer, HR Jagannath as vice president of engineering, and Vishesh Khanna as vice president of sales, distribution, and customer engagement.

“We are delighted to welcome these extremely talented and experienced leaders to the Jet Airways family. All of us in the senior management team of Jet Airways share many things in common, the most important of which is our joint sense of purpose and passion of rebuilding Jet as India’s most people-focused and loved airline, updated for the digital age. This stellar team is deeply committed to bringing the ‘joy of flying’ back to the skies, and I am looking forward to working with them to create history,”

Sanjiv Kapoor, CEO, Jet Airways

The appointment of Turner marks his return to Jet Airways after 10 years; he had served as the senior vice president of cabin crew at the airline from 2008 to 2011. With 40 years of experience under his belt, working in key senior management positions at Gulf Air, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Fiji Airways, the aviation veteran will take charge on June 15.  He will oversee cabin crew operations, training, and service development, inflight product development, and catering.

Singh will join Jet Airways on June 1 and lead the IT and digital division at the airline. He is currently working as senior vice president at WNS Global Services. In his 20 years of experience, he has worked with Etihad Airways and Kingfisher Airlines in key digital transformation roles.

Jagannath joined Jet Airways on May 23 with over 40 years of experience, the lion’s share of which he has spent as the chief executive officer of Air India Engineering Services. Jagannath played a crucial role in setting up of Air India’s MRO facilities in India and led the delivery of two specially configured Boeing 777 aircraft to the Indian Air Force for VVIP operations.

Khanna will join Jet in July this year. Currently he is the business head for e-Visa at VFS Global Ltd. In the 30 years of his career, Khanna has worked at Vistara as vice president of sales for India and overseas markets, Kingfisher Airlines as VP of corporate sales, and IndiGo as VP of corporate sales in India.

Jet Airways, earlier this year appointed Sanjiv Kapoor as chief executive officer (CEO). The airline has also appointed Vipula Gunatilleka as chief finance officer (CFO), Captain P.P. Singh as vice president of flight operations and accountable manager, Alphonso Dass as vice president of airports and airport training, Nakul Tuteja as vice president of human resources and administration, and Ronit Baugh as general manager and head of public relations and corporate communications.

Jet Airways has also invited job applications for various roles, including senior manager-finance, manager-cargo operations, assistant manager-cargo pricing, and deputy general manager-tech procurement.

The carrier has also opened recruitment for the positions including deputy general manager and senior for schedule planning and systems and executive and senior executive of network planning.

Grounded on April 17, 2019, after failing to pay vendors due to bankruptcy under founder Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways with its new management targets to start the operations by September this year.

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