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Who Suits Best For AI's Top Job  
User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1631 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Given that AI is all set tpo revamp its management in 30 days, with a new board and a global ad being floated for COO....... what personality type would seem fit for the role. The pros and cons in the current situation are:

Cons
- Indian bureaucratic setup
- Staff unions
- Fund issues

Pros
- A new board
- A sound mentor/chief in Ratan tata
- An affable and non-ignorant Prime Minister

Given the above and more reasons (feel free to add), who among the current crop of airline bosses would make the cut........ Willie Walsh, Tim Clark, James

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

If the Political establishment gives the directors a free hand & in case the unions don't interfere,AI can recover rapidly.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineMk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Someone who can rework the complicated route network that AI has had for many years. A person who can streamline this and like Hawk21m suggests, not too much interference from politics, but i think that won't happen since NACIL is still govt. of India owned.


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User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2018 times:



Quoting AirIndia (Thread starter):
Given the above and more reasons (feel free to add), who among the current crop of airline bosses would make the cut........ Willie Walsh, Tim Clark, James

Walsh is doing a great job of wrecking BA, I can't see Clark wanting to leave EK, James who (Hogan?). Does this list of suggestions imply that the new boss must not be Indian (and probably should come with Gulf experience given the size of that market for India?).

AI needs a popular boss to improve its image. I say give the job to Shah Rukh Khan!


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 1):
If the Political establishment gives the directors a free hand & in case the unions don't interfere,AI can recover rapidly.
regds
MEL.

You forgot to add "if the sun starts rising in the west" MEL..... smile 

Sorry, for the pessimism, but having seen things for tha past several years, I just don't see the above happening....whoever takes charge of AI will have to contend with meddling politicians and extremely irresponsible and self-centered unions....not to say that the job can't be done, but hoping that politicians and unions will cooperate and behave themselves is just fairy tale stuff.....they bear the primary responsibility for AI's current woes and I just don't see them contributing positively to the recovery....they'll need to be fended off / beaten into submission to make things turn around at AI....

[Edited 2009-07-10 09:23:22]

User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1968 times:



Quoting Candid76 (Reply 3):
new boss must not be Indian (and probably should come with Gulf experience given the size of that market for India?).

well, maybe just my thought, but in the field of sports, its always been a non-indian whos brought in to take charge after the home team fares miserably. eg cricket. Sometimes it can backfire (greg chappel) but sometimes it works (gary kirsten; alrite some of you may not agree)........... The Ministry has clearly indicated that a global ad would be released for the post of COO.......... besides, I would suppose Wolfgang is doing a good job at 9W.....

I certainly dint want to list only gulf ceos, they are the ones that came top of mind.

Quoting Candid76 (Reply 3):
AI needs a popular boss to improve its image. I say give the job to Shah Rukh Khan!

Just for the sake of arguement, I guess Amitabh will do a better job..........


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 17 hours ago) and read 1902 times:



Quoting AirIndia (Reply 5):
well, maybe just my thought, but in the field of sports, its always been a non-indian whos brought in to take charge after the home team fares miserably.



Quoting AirIndia (Reply 5):
The Ministry has clearly indicated that a global ad would be released for the post of COO.......... besides, I would suppose Wolfgang is doing a good job at 9W.....

Yes...it's high time....and now, considering that the backward looking Communists are no longer a power at the Centre, it could actually happen.....


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