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Adani Group reshuffles airport business leadership, names executed for new roles

The Adani Group has announced a new organization structure, as it seeks to strengthen and grow its airport business.

Mumbai Airport CEO RK Jain has been made the CEO of the group’s airport division. The group said in an employee announcement that Jain, who was associated with Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) since the company’s inception, will also oversee the Mumbai airport slum development project and regulatory issues.

Jain succeeds Bahnad Zandi, who will oversee the non-aeronautical business at the group level. Prakash Tulsiani will be the new CEO of Mumbai Airport in place of Jain. Tulsiani, who was earlier CEO of All Cargo Logistics, joined Adani Group’s airports division a few months back and was in charge of operations.

The changes were announced on Saturday following the group’s acquisition of MIAL from GVK Group.

The Adani Group, with the Mumbai airport, will handle 25 percent of its passenger traffic and 33 percent of India’s air cargo, making it India’s largest airport infrastructure company.

In other leadership changes, Captain BVJK Sharma will be the CEO of Navi Mumbai Airport. Sharma was earlier the Director of Ports at Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd.

The group has announced that the construction of the greenfield-airport in Navi Mumbai will begin next month and the financial closure for the project will be completed in 90 days. The group expects to start the airport in 2024.

BG Gandhi, Chief Operating Officer of Krishnapatnam Port will be the Chief Airport Officer of Ahmedabad Airport. MIAL’s Head of Operations Prabhat Mohapatra will handle operations at all group airports. Manoj Katar, Chief Operating Officer, Dahej Port, will replace Mohapatra in MIAL.

Nirav Shah and Vishnu Jha have been appointed as Chief Airport Officers of Mangaluru and Jaipur airports. Nair, the flagship line of airport service at MIAL, will take over as the head of customer experience and quality for the airport division.

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