Himmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 6 Posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
Indian is finally going to appoint a full time CEO. Mr. Vishwapati Trivedi, a bureaucrat is taking over as the Chairman cum Managing Director. He is a graduate from the London School of Economics and a PhD from University of British Columbia. He has served with the IMF.
Again a 'babu' as CEO. IC should have appointed an aviation professional as its Chief Executive. Plenty of talent is available within IC itself.
An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
TKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2107 times:
But then Sunil Arora , the last full time chief of Indian Airlines was also a bureaucrat, wasn't he ? And by all means he was held in very high regard by everyone at Indian Airlines.
This "talent within the industry" stuff is irrelevant, at the top levels of any organisation, airlines included.The late Lord King, the man who made BA what it is today , started off as a car salesman, made his fortune in ball bearings and before taking up the top job in BA was chairman of a commercial vehicle company (Dennis) and an Engineering company (Babcock and Wilcox). His second in command, who later succeeded him, Colin Marshall(now Lord Marshall) was earlier with Avis, the car rental company.
Similarly John Sculley, former CEO of Apple computers, joined them from Pepsico where he was company president.
TKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2040 times:
Listen folks - do give the "babu's" a break. Dont know about many of you, but I grew up as a school kid in an era where getting into the IAS (India's civil service) was some thing which was taught to us as an early age as akin to getting a cherished prize! Those days - I am talking about the late 70s and early 80s, getting through the civil service exams were real tough. There were a lot of People even from my home state (some 2000 miles from Delhi) who went to DEL and spent anything from 6 months to an year, studying in some top coaching institutes to attain their dream of making it! This was the era before the IT boom, the Call centre boom, the stock market boom and what not - and more importantly an era before politicians like Laloo Rabri, and their ilk started taking "governance" to new heights!!!!
Now what I am trying to say is that the "babus" who are being considered in many cases for top posts are highly competent people, the "cream of the young generation" in their years who got in to the Civil Service and are now being considered for top posts in many undertakings. While cracking "Babudom" jokes is certainly fashionable, dont go overboard! Sunil Arora did a lot of things for IC, another gentleman called Mr VJ Kurian did the same for Cochin Airport and these are just two examples of what capable bureaucrats have done in the Indian aviation sector.