Mumbai: Even as it formally confirmed that three senior executives have resigned, Jet Airways India Ltd’s top brass are hoping to convince Saroj K. Datta, who had also submitted his resignation as executive director, to stay on in the same role or in an advisory capacity.
Mint reported on 30 April that six senior Jet executives, including Datta, had submitted their resignations in the past six weeks.
N. Hariharan, vice-president in the office of chairman Naresh Goyal, is set to join GVK Group’s Mumbai International Airport Ltd, a private company that runs the Mumbai airport. “I always wanted to associate with infrastructure projects,” said Hariharan.
Another executive and senior general manager (finance), Col (retd) A.S. Bedi, is joining a retail firm, while his colleague and senior general manager (in-flight services) S. Bandula is headed to Canada for family reasons, said people familiar with the matter.
Mint could not reach Bedi and Bandula for comment and Datta didn’t respond to calls for comment.
“B. Krishnan (senior general manager of finance) and Poh Leong Choo (senior vice-president of services) have apparently agreed to stay back,” said a person familiar with the issue at Jet. “The discussions with Datta are progressing.” Mint had said Krishnan and Leong Choo had also submitted their resignations but it was not clear if their resignations had been accepted.
In a statement Wednesday, Jet confirmed the exit of three top executives “for reasons of career prospects and family commitments”. On Tuesday night, a Jet spokesperson had maintained: “We are not aware of this (resignations) development.”