Speculation was rife about who would succeed as the new CEO of AirAsia since Mittu Chandilya’s contract was getting over on March 31. The wait is over – It’s going to be Amar Abrol, who is the CEO of Tune Money, a startup which offers universal financial services company in affordable prepaid and loyalty cards. Prior to Tune Money, Abrol was with American Express for 19 years leading different teams in various capacities across multiple markets – UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong. Abrol will take charge of AirAsia India from April 1, but a release by the airline said, "Chandilya's contract ends March 31, 2016, but he will continue with the company until the end of April to ensure a smooth transition of the CEO role."
Chandilya has led AirAsia India from June 1, 2013, and the airline has established a fleet of six aircraft, covering 12 routes and carrying over 1.8 million passengers.
AirAsia India also announced the appointment of Ankur Khanna as the Chief Financial Officer and Kiran Jain as the Head of Commercial. Khanna joins from Air France/KLM, where he most recently held the position of Regional Finance Head for the Middle East/Gulf region based in Dubai. Jain has over 25 years of aviation related experience covering airports, airlines and duty free. Jain most recently headed the Airport Marketing and Route Development function at Delhi International Airport.
“Mittu Chandilya led the airline team from the front through its launch and establishment in an intensely competitive market. The Board deeply appreciates his contribution. In Amar Abrol, we have a strong successor, with years of experience in customer delivery, which will be critical to the airline’s future. Together with his senior management team, we are confident that Amar will lead AirAsia India into its next stage of growth,” said S. Ramadorai, chairman of AirAsia India, in the statement.
Born and raised in India, Abrol graduated from Delhi University and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Read what Mittu Chandilya had said in an interview to People Matters here