Who is Mehmet Ilker Ayci, The New CEO Of Air India

who is Mehmet Ilker Ayci ceo air india

Mehmet Ilker Ayci was born in Istanbul in 1971. He graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University in 1994. After completing a master’s degree in international relations at the Marmara University in Istanbul in 1997, Mr. Ayci completed a research stay on political science at Leeds University in the U.K. in 1995.

Mr. Ayci became President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey in 2011, the only official national body responsible for marketing Turkey’s investment environment globally and assisting international investors. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Ayci also served as the Vice President and then President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), an umbrella organization representing investment promotion agencies in 130 countries.

Mr. Ayci has been the Chairman of Turkish Airlines’ Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2015. Currently, Mr. Ayci is the chairman of the Service Exporters Association of Turkey as well as a member of the board of directors and audit committee of the Turkish Football Federation, the board president of Turkish Airlines Sports Club.

Besides serving as Turkish Airlines’ representative to the Turkey-U.S.A., Turkey-Brazil, and Turkey-U.K. Business Councils, Mr. Ayci serves on both the Turkey-U.S.A. and Turkey-U.K. Business Councils under the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey.

The Tata Sons Group announced Monday that former Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker Ayci will become the company’s new CEO and managing director.

“Tata Group is pleased to welcome Ilker to Air India, where he will lead Air India into the next era as one of the industry’s leaders,” said N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Son.

In joining the Tata Group, I am delighted and honored to lead an iconic airline. Together with Air India colleagues and the leadership of the Tata Group, we will leverage the strong heritage of Air India to make the airline one of the world’s best airlines with a flying experience that is uniquely Indian in its warmth and hospitality, Ayci said.

Ilker Ayci will take on his responsibilities on or before April 1, 2022. Air India was taken over by Tata Group from the Indian government in the last week of January.

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