AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted (05-Mar-2013): "I have selected our CEO for Airasia India [sic]. Very smart boy from the south, Madras. An amazing CV. Will impress all that meet. A real winner. That will bring new meaning to competition." He did not specify who the CEO would be. He earlier tweeted (05-Mar-2013): "The talent pool in India is amazing. Candidates we are seeing that are being sourced by our Indian partners is stunning" and "Fantastic range of candidates put in front of me by tata and sons [sic]. In my mind I can't believe the talent in India. Final call is Tata and sons. Part of JV aggrement [sic] but I know who my fave is. Hope they agree." The announcement of selection of the CEO for the carrier comes ahead of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) meeting slated for 06-Mar-2013 and amid reports that the carrier is now targeting an earlier-than-expected launch in May-2013 and Jun-2013.
AirAsia Group selects CEO for AirAsia India, no specifics provided
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