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Arvind Jadhav takes over as CMD of Air India

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Arvind JadhavMr  Arvind  Jadhav, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1978 batch (Karnataka cadre)  today  assumed  charge  as  the new Chairman and Managing Director of National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL), which runs national carrier Air India.

NACIL was established in 2007 to facilitate the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, both state-owned national carriers.

Mr Jadhav   was   earlier   Principal  Secretary,  Infrastructure  Development Department, Government of Karnataka.

Born  on June 5, 1956, Mr Jadhav did his post-graduation in Geography after graduating  from  Kanpur University. He did his MBA in Strategic Management from  the University of Curtin, Perth, Australia, where he was awarded Gold Medals for being the 'Best All-round Student' and for attaining distinction in  'Strategic  Management'. Mr Jadhav also holds post-graduate diplomas in International  Trade  from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and Export Promotion from the Italian Institute of Foreign Trade, Rome.

Among  the  various  positions  held  by  him  are: Commissioner,   Karnataka  Housing  Board;  Secretary,  Energy  Department; Managing  Director,  Mysore Minerals Limited and Commissioner, Commerce and Industries  Department.

During  his  tenure  at  the  Centre, he was Joint Secretary,  Ministry  of Power, where he was responsible for reforms in the power  sector.  He  has  also  served  as  Central  Vigilance  Officer, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

The government had appointed Mr Jadhav to head Air India on May 1 after the airline's chairman and managing director, Mr Raghu Menon, also an IAS officer, was removed suddenly.

The government gave no reasons for the removal of Mr Menon, also an IAS officer, but media reports suggested that it was unhappy with him over the slow pace of the process of merger and integration between Air India and Indian Airlines.

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