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IndiGo’s chief commercial officer Sanjay Kumar latest to quit

Kumar, who has been associated with the no-frills carrier for the last 12 years, has put in his papers to pursue other career interests, IndiGo said in a release.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2018, 02.21 PM IST
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The airline, which has a fleet of over 160 aircraft, on an average operates more than 1,000 flights every day.
Sanjay Kumar, IndiGo’s chief commercial officer (CCO) for eleven years has resigned, said a person in the know, barely two months after its president Aditya Ghosh put in his papers.

William Boulter, who joined the airline as its chief strategy officer in April, will take over from Kumar as its next CCO.

Kumar’s exit is the latest development in a significant churn that has been taking place at the airline for the last two years, with a new guard taking over its management and operations as its readies for its next phase of growth, mostly overseas.

Kumar, a veteran in the Indian aviation industry, joined IndiGo on Jan 29, 2007, helped in building its network and played a key role in making it the biggest Indian airline in terms of market share.

Prior to joining IndiGo, Kumar worked with Sahara Airlines from May 1992 till April 2001 at various positions in the areas of commercial, marketing, sales and distribution. In April 2001 he joined Royal Airways Limited and worked on the startup project of SpiceJet which was launched in May 2005. He was the Vice President – Marketing and Planning for SpiceJet until January 2007 and was responsible for various assignments in the areas of Network Planning, Marketing and Sales, Distribution, Product and Service Development and Media Relations.

Boulter joined IndiGo, primarily in charge of its international sales and revenue management. He was earlier board director and chief commercial officer at TAAG Angola Airlines between September 2015 and February 2018. His earlier stint was with Etihad Airways as vice president, network planning between June 2012 and May 2015. Interestingly, Boulter then had a short stint in India when he joined Jet Airways in an advisory role. Etihad owns 24% in Jet. He has also been regional vice president, Asia Pacific at the International Air Transport Association.

Ghosh quit IndiGo in April.

The new executives who have joined the airline this year are Greg Taylor as CEO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as chief operating officer, Michael Swiatek as chief planning officer apart from Boulter.

Rohit Phillip joined the airline in July 2016 as chief financial officer; Cindy Szadokierski as vice president, airport operations and customer services in March 2016 and Jason Herter, vice president, operations control centre and dispatch in October 2016.

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