Bhaskaran is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AirAsia India.
The Tata Group will soon begin the process of consolidating its airline holdings in India. As part of the process, Air India Express and AirAsia India are expected to merge into a new sunk carrier by 2024. The frontrunner to head this new venture is Sunil Bhaskaran, sources told Business Standard.
Bhaskaran, the Managing Director (CEO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AirAsia India, is a Tata Group veteran with over 35 years of experience from the Indian multinational conglomerate. A graduate of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Indian Institute of Management-Kolkata, Bhaskaran joined INSEAD’s CEDEP, also known as The European Center for Executive Development, for General Management and Executive Development.
After completing his PGDM in Economics and Marketing from IIM-K, Bhaskaran joined Tata Steel in 1987. During his tenure, Bhaskaran held various responsibilities and roles such as Marketing Manager, Branch Manager, Executive Assistant to the Marketing Director and more. In 2002, he was promoted to the position of Principal, Vice President and Corporate Quality Manager at Tata International Limited.
Just over three years later, Bhaskaran returned to Tata Steel in the position of Executive In-Charge (Global Wires Business) before being promoted to Vice President (Corporate Services) in 2013. In November 2018, Bhaskaran was appointed Managing Director and CEO of the new AirAsia joint venture between Tata Sons and AirAsia Berhad.
Bhaskaran is also Co-Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries – National Committee on Civil Aviation, invitee to All India Management Association Council (AIMA) and Chairman of TATA Network Forum – South. Bhaskaran is also the founder of Jamshedpur Football Club, a team in the Indian Super League.
(Edited by : Sudarsana Mani)