IndiGo’s man for all seasons

Ronojoy Dutta has managed to turn around his naysayers by navigating India’s largest airline through some of its most tumultuous days. Will he weather the challenges that lie ahead?

Nearly everyone in aviation believed IndiGo co-founder Rahul Bhatia had got it wrong. On 24 January 2019, the country’s largest airline named Ronojoy Dutta, who had joined the company as principal consultant the previous December, as its new chief executive officer. “It was a curious choice,” a senior executive from another private airline recounts. “Dutta was forced to exit United [the American airline where he was the president] after 9/11. And then, as CEO at Air Sahara, he wasn’t able to accomplish much.” 

Not just that. Bhatia had roped in 67-year-old Dutta as CEO at a critical time for the …


Prince M. Thomas

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