STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 1 October
Senior Air India official Mr Pankaj Srivastava today took over as commercial director of the national carrier whose operational and financial performance has started looking up now.
Mr Srivastava took over the mantle following the superannuation of Mr GD Brara, who had earlier served the airline in several important positions.
After joining the airline in 1983, Mr Srivastava rose in the management ranks especially in the commercial department. He was also responsible for sales and marketing as general manager responsible for the entire Air India network.
He was responsible for managing AI&’s operations in the Gulf, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, where he took a series of initiatives to develop newer markets and enhance Air India’s market share.
Earlier, he also acted as the executive assistant to the airline’s chairman and managing director and handled crisis situations such as the Patna air crash and the hijack of IC-814.
Mr Brara, who retired yesterday as the director (commercial) and a member of Air India’s board, had held several major positions, including CEO of Air India Air Transport Services Limited, executive director (commercial) and managing director of Alliance Air.
He was posted in New York as executive director for the Americas with overall responsibility for the airline’s operations in the USA and Canada.