Hong Kong based airline, Cathay Pacific Airways has appointed Abhijit Abhyankar as the airline’s new Regional Head of People at Cathay Pacific Airlines. While he will be stationed at Mumbai, he will manage South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA). His key focus areas would be developing Human Resource strategy and taking care of its execution, along with internal stakeholder management and collaboration, talent management and succession planning, employee engagement, people cost budgeting. All the people efforts would be taken to ensure business continuity and growth, while all taking care of employee development.
Abhijit has over 21 years of experience in the hospitality and aviation sector. He has been part of the Hong Kong based Airlines since November 2009.
After his earlier roles as Corporate Sales Manager and Area Sales Manager, Northern India, he was appointed Regional Marketing Communications Manager for South Asia in October 2014. Thereafter, in October 2018, he went on to head Marketing and Direct Channel Sales designated as Regional Head of Marketing and Digital Sales for the South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) based in Mumbai, India. He was leading the marketing strategy, direct channel sales, customer contact support. In June 2020, he was appointed as the Country Manager for Africa and Indian Ocean and was responsible for the growth of the airline’s business and operations in the region.
Abhijit has already been working with Cathay Pacific Airlines and hence understands the business and its expectations. He also has acquired in these many years insights about the diverse markets, the airline operates in. As he takes on a bigger role Abhijit said, “It has been a real honour for me to be appointed to this position”, says Abhijit Abhyankar. “At Cathay Pacific we believe our employees are the key drivers of our business. We aim to provide our people with an environment in which they are able to flourish with us."
Abhijit has an opportunity to leverage his knowledge of the market and Cathay's business with the people strategy and design and drive more relevant people initiatives.