Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India.
Mr. Kharola, a Karnataka cadre officer, would replace Rajiv Bansal, who has been serving as the interim CMD for a little over three months.
The appointment comes days after Mr. Bansal was given an extension for three months.
Currently, Mr. Kharola is the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
The change of guard at the helm of Air India also comes at a time when the government is in the process of finalizing the modalities of the strategic disinvestment of the national carrier.