The full board of Air India (AI) would meet here on Thursday to discuss a number of key issues including the recent controversial hiring of senior executives and the fiasco that followed its shifting of domestic operations to Delhi airport’s Terminal 3.
This would be the first time that independent directors would be meeting AI CMD Arvind Jadhav after having complained to TKA Nair, the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary on November 1, that they were unhappy with his style of functioning.
The directors had also complained that they had been “misguided” and “kept in dark” about the previous record of Pawan Arora, the new COO of AI Express. Arora was removed from four key flight safety posts by the DGCA before he joined Air India.
The appointment of Stefan Sukumar as chief of training is also under a cloud. Top officials did not rule out the possibility of the appointments being scrapped or held in abeyance when the board meets.
COO Gustav Bauldauf would brief the board on the appointments when it convenes.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has already made it amply clear that “course correction had to be done” in the case of the controversial appointments, and has also asked AI to submit a report in this connection.
Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director, Mahindra and Mahindra Group, and one of the independent directors, is likely to skip the meeting, as he is not in the country at present.
The independent directors have also sought an appointment with the PM.