Air India boss appointed Civil Aviation Secretary

Air India chief Pradeep Singh Kharola. (DH File Photo)

Air India top boss Pradeep Singh Kharola was on Wednesday was appointed Secretary, Civil Aviation, succeeding Rajiv Narayan Choubey who superannuated on January 31.

A 1985-batch IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, Kharola was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Ltd in November 2017.

Prior to his appoinment as Air India boss, Kharola was the managing director of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.

A PhD in public transport systems from IIT-Delhi, his first posting was in Haveri as Assistant Commissioner. He was also Principal Secretary to Jagadish Shettar when he was Chief Minister of Karnataka. He also headed the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation Ltd.

Choubey, after his retirement, has been appointed as a member in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), that conducts civil services examination to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

The name of new Air India chief or a caretaker head was not announced by the government.

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