Air India plans to rebuild the carrier's top management team as three of the carrier's executives have resigned in recent weeks (Economic Times, 02-Mar-2011). Details of the new management structure will be provided at a board meeting, slated for 15-Mar-2011. Air India Express COO Pawan Arora was sacked last month and Air India's chief training officer, Stephan Sukumar, resigned last week. Air India COO Gustav Baldauf resigned on 28-Feb-2011 after less than 12 months in the position. With these exits, amid allegations of non-performance and high salaries, all international management recruits have now resigned or departed the company (DNA, 02-Mar-2011).
As last foreign recruit resigns, Air India plans new management
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