First anniversary of Bangalore airport: BIAL CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler interview – Part 5

Today, we conclude our continuing series of interviews with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) CEO Marcel Hungerbuehler on the first anniversary of Bengaluru International Airport. Yesterday in part four, we focussed on the future and airport expansion. Today in the last part five we focus on Marcel Hugerbuehler the man.

Most people associate Marcel Hungerbuehler’s predecessor Albert Brunner with the Bengaluru International Airport. What many are unaware of, is Marcel’s role leading up to the opening of the airport last year. His practice of PPP of a different kind — Patience, Perseverance, and Persistence had, and still has, a profound role.

Professionally, I have found him to be what I would describe as a “pragmatic optimist” always looking at the positive side of things, and always willing to explore and support new ideas, but with the pragmatism 40 years in the industry brings.

Q1. What are Marcel Hungerbuehler ‘s experiences in India both professional and personal. What has he learnt? What has he liked? What has he disliked?

My wife and I have made this city home for the last two years. I feel Indians by nature are warm and friendly people and that makes my stint here a pleasure. We enjoy the company of our wide circle of friends in India. We are especially grateful to our landlord/landlady for introducing us to their wide circle of friends. Interacting daily with my Indian colleagues, friends and professional associates has resulted in us picking up a lot of the Indian culture. I have done a bit of local travel to Ooty and Kabini and the agriculture college is great place for a weekend run. I participated again in the Sunfeast World 10K run through the streets of Bangalore on May 31st.

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About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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