AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, on his official Twitter page, confirmed (17-Jun-2013) the appointment of S Ramadorai, as chairman of AirAsia India. He tweeted: “I would like to confirm Mr Ramadorai as Chairman of AirAsia India. A giant of Indian Industry. A great thinker. Man from the south". He separated tweeted: "That completes our team. ADVISOR, chairman, CEO and Board. Quite a heavyweight team for super exciting AirAsia India." As previously reported, Mr Fernandes had earlier tweeted (16-Jun-2013) that Tata Group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata will be the chief adviser to the board of AirAsia India. He previously noted: "Our chairman is someone who has redefined many parts of India. A towering man who brings unbelievable experience to the AirAsia India board..." Recently, the group appointed Mittu Chandilya as CEO of the carrier. India's Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh earlier this month commented, “All matters on AirAsia India have been resolved. The proposal has been sent to the home ministry for security clearance. Once the ministry’s nod comes, the civil aviation ministry will give its clearance.” Mr Ramadorai, who is currently adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the National Council on Skill Development and a Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, is the fourth person from the Tatas to hold a position in carrier, joining Ratan Tata as chief advisor, and R. Venkataraman (former executive assistant to Ratan Tata) and Bharat Vasani (chief legal counsel of the Tata Group), who are directors on the board.
AirAsia India appoints chairman
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