GoAir has appointed Ben Baldanza as the Vice Chairman of the company’s board to usher the next phase of growth. He takes over from Managing Director Jeh Wadia.
Baldanza, as Vice Chairman, will now work directly with the management team, comprising Kaushik Khona – CEO and Pankaj Chaturvedi – CFO, in the next growth phase of GoAir into making it India’s first ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier – see other item on these pages.)
The implementation of this plan commenced with the appointment of Ben Baldanza, who has been an advisor to the company from 2018 and director since 2019, as Vice Chairman of the board.
Baldanza is an airline industry veteran of several decades, having worked in American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and Continental Airlines among others, before becoming the CEO of Spirit Airlines in 2006.
He successfully repositioned Spirit Airlines into the first Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the North Americas and increased its fleet from 32 to 100. Of his efforts, Spirit Airline achieved the highest profitability among all Airlines in the USA between 2008 and 2015. He also took the company public by successfully leading its IPO in 2011.