Rajiv Bansal has been named Air India's new Chairman and Managing Director, replacing Ashwani Lohani. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet gave its nod for the decision on Thursday. Bansal, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, is presently the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The post well vacant as incumbent Ashwani Lohani's term expires. Lohani was appointed as Air India CMD on February 13, 2019, for one year. This was Lohani's second term as the head of Air India.
This is the second time that Rajiv Bansal will take over the reins of Air India from Ashwani Lohani. It was in August 2017 when Bansal was appointed as the interim-Chairman and Managing Director of Air India for a period of three months and replaced Ashwani Lohani, who was serving his first term.
Bansal is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of 1988 batch. He was earlier serving in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He has also worked as Secretary, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Joint Secretary in Department of Heavy Industries, and Director in Ministry of Civil Aviation. Bansal has previously been on the board of BHEL, NACIL, AYCL, Alliance Air, HMT and GITA.