Mittu Chandilya named as CEO for AirAsia India

Mittu Chandilya has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AirAsia India (Private) Limited. Mittu will assume office effective the 1st of June 2013.

As per Mr. Chandilya’s LinkedIn profile his last position was Head of Services Practices for APAC, Egon Zehnder International at Singapore. His specialisation is in senior executive search and succession planning. In his words

[Mittu Chandilya] Was a core member of the Egon Zehnder focused on advisory leadership in our Aviation, Travel & Hospitality, Industrial, Resources, CleanTech and the Energy practices. Advising clients on C-level executive searches, strategic organizational Design and challenges, the recruitment of non-executive board members and CEO succession planning. Specialized in advisory and search activities in C-level succession planning, Regional Senior Leadership roles in MNCs, Large- Cap Listed Organizations and Family owned enterprises

One has to study in detail what he brings to AirAsia India. Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes said,

“He is an outstanding young man with great entrepreneurial skills. He is very passionate about the LCC business and possesses the crucial understanding on how our business model works. He came from a highly competitive industry and experienced different business temperaments by working in many parts of the world, so he’s perfect for the ever-volatile aviation business. India is an important market for us, and a CEO of Mittu’s stature and business acumen would definitely help us to attain significant market share and achieve rapid growth in India.”

In accepting the appointment as CEO of AirAsia India, Mittu Chandilya said,

“I am a native of Chennai, and I am excited about returning to India to revolutionize the air travel industry here. I am looking forward to being part of the dynamic AirAsia family, and most importantly, to bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘flying’ to consumers in India.”

Mittu grew up in India, Africa and the USA and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Management and Business Information Systems from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA, an MBA degrees from INSEAD, France/Singapore and from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

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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