Indigo, the country’s largest internal budget carrier, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Peter Elbers as its chief executive officer, replacing current Ranjoy Dutt.
Dutt, 71, who came to operate the airline in January 2019, decided to retire on September 30 after guiding the airline through turbulent Covid times, Indigo said in a statement.
The Elbers appointment, which is subject to regulatory approval, will take effect on or before October 1, it said.
Since 2014, Elbers, 52, has served as President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Air France-KLM group, the airline said.
“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Peter Elbers as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. India promises to be the last pillar of global growth and because of Elbers’ deep understanding of business, his strength and passion for his legendary leadership qualities, we are so confident that under his stewardship, IndiGo will play a significant role in this growth opportunity, “said Rahul Bhatia, Managing Director. Director and co-promoter of Indigo 6
“The Board of Directors and I would like to thank Rono for effectively leading our business for almost four years, which was one of the most turbulent times in the history of the airline and in global aviation,” he said of Dutt’s departure from the airline. .
Announcing his retirement, Dutt said, “I am aware that Indigo Elbers is in good custody and the future of Indigo staff is secure and bright.” According to the statement, Elbers began his career at KLM in 1992 from their Schophol hub and, over time, held several managerial positions in the Netherlands and abroad in Japan, Greece and Italy.
After his return to the Netherlands, he was appointed senior vice president of the network and alliance before being promoted to chief operating officer in 2011, it said.
“What IndiGo’s staff and leadership have jointly created since its inception 16 years ago, by any standards, is truly impressive. I am highly respected and look forward to working with the entire Indigo team to create this.
“I am delighted to be part of the next phase of Indigo’s incredible journey that further fills the vision of what the airline can and will do for its customers and for India,” Elbers said.