In January 2008, Naresh Goyal told Mint that even if he was hit by a bus, there was somebody to replace him as chairman of Jet Airways (India) Ltd, the country’s second largest airline by passengers carried. “There is a clear succession plan in place for my airline." Two years after that, Goyal, who is a non-resident Indian, did induct both his children into the airline but they remain on the periphery, and his son has gone back to studying. Apart from Goyal and his wife Anita, most of the senior management is composed of professionals. Anita Goyal is executive vice-president for revenue management and network planning.

Both the siblings are media shy. Daughter Namrata Goyal, 23 is executive, service development, and is interested in theatre and films. She collaborated with Jet Airways employees when she was looking to cast her maiden theatre production. Nivaan Goyal, 21, after a year’s stint as management trainee in Jet, is currently studying in London.

It isn’t clear whether the two will take a more active role in the airline. “Both are very warm, but not interested in running the airline at this point," says a senior executive at Jet Airways, requesting anonymity. “Namrata is more interested in Bollywood and theatre though she co-ordinates with all levels of Jet Airways employees. Nivaan has a taste for business and entrepreneurship. We don’t know how things evolve in the future."

Namrata has been cited before as indicating that she would rather play a supporting role to her brother in running Jet Airways, in case such a situation arises. She also believes whoever runs the business will need professionals to do so. Both Anita and Naresh Goyal didn’t answer questions on their succession plan.

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