SpiceJet recalls old CFO, gets new VPs
Mar 04 2014
R Neelakantan will be SpiceJet’s new CFO. Neelakantan had earlier served the airline as its CFO from November, 2010 to February, 2013, and returns to this role after serving as the Head of Internal Audit for the Sun Group in the interim. He will succeed Sam Isaac, the present CFO, who had expressed his desire to move on to pursue other opportunities.
“Neelakantan’s return further boosts the senior leadership team, which had earlier been strengthened by the hiring of a new chief commercial officer, Kaneswaran Avili, who will be joining SpiceJet on April 1. Avili will bring deep LCC experience with him, having been part of the founding team of Air Asia, where he served several years and subsequently joined Tiger Airways, Singapore as director of Commercial,” Sanjiv Kapoor, chief operating officer (COO), SpiceJet said.
The company had earlier announced the appointment of Shilpa Bhatia as senior vice president – Sales and Distribution, replacing V Raja retiring at the end of this month. Bhatia too was earlier with SpiceJet from August, 2009 till May, 2011, serving the company as its Head of Corporate Sales and Sales strategy. She returns to SpiceJet from the Sahara Group, where she was the global head of Sales and Strategy for Sahara’s Quest business unit.
SpiceJet on Tuesday also announced the appointment of Sudhakar Kondisetty as its senior vice president, IT. He has given the task of unlocking the full potential from IT to help the company innovate as well as save costs.
The airline will also get a new vice president and head of Revenue Management in Fares Azeem Kilpady, who will take over the role from April 1. He comes from Air Asia X, the long haul arm of Air Asia, where he was Head of Revenue and Management and Pricing. Consequently, Anurag Jain, who was heading Network Planning and Revenue Management, will now become senior vice president, Network Planning and Strategy Development.
Commenting on the new appointments, Kapoor said in the statement that he was particularly delighted to have attracted back talented people, who had been with the company earlier and are “now coming back to help in its transformation to a new SpiceJet”.