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Sudheer Raghavan leaving Jet Airways?

by Devesh Agarwal

The rumour mill has that Jet Airway’s Chief Commercial Officer Sudheer Raghavan will be leaving the airline soon and is expected to be succeeded by Mr. Wayne Pearce, currently the CEO of Oman Air.

Pearce reportedly enjoys a good rapport with Etihad CEO James Hogan. Etihad which is in the process of completing a 24% stake purchase in Jet Airways for $379 million, has been strengthening its hold within Jet Airways management, steadily taking over key management positions in planning, strategy, and operations.

If Raghavan quits, he will be the third high level exit from Jet following the Etihad investment in April. In June, CEO Nikos Kardassis resigned. Recently, Mr. K. G. Vishwanath, Vice President – Commercial Strategy and Investor Relations resigned. It is understood that he was considered close to Jet Airway’s Chairman Naresh Goyal, in an function where Etihad wants its own people.

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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