Pieter Elbers is a seasoned airline business leader with over 30 years of aviation experience. As CEO of IndiGo since September 2022, Pieter is building the next stage of the incredible IndiGo journey, further fulfilling its purpose of Giving wings to the nation, by connecting people and aspirations and executing the strategy of bringing IndiGo ‘Towards new heights and Across new frontiers’.
Pieter’s foundation and experience were formed in his impressive 30-year career at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Prior to joining IndiGo, he was the President & Chief Executive Officer of KLM for 8 years. He started his career at KLM in 1992 as Manager Aircraft loading. During his tenure at KLM, he held various key executive positions in The Netherlands, Japan, Greece, and Italy. In 2011 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and to President & CEO in 2014. During this time, he was also an executive of the AIR FRANCE-KLM Group.
Pieter has a bachelor’s degree in Logistics Management and a master’s degree in Business Economics, and has completed various executive programs at IMD, Lausanne and Columbia University, New York. Pieter is also a member of the Board of Governors at IATA and has been elected to hold the position of Chairman from 2025 onwards.
Prock-Schauer is an experienced international aviation executive with a total professional experience of over 36 years. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of some of the major airlines across Europe and Asia.
He is a graduate from the University of Economics, Vienna.
He started his career in 1981 at Austrian Airlines, where he was responsible for network management, strategic planning and alliances, and integration of the airlines Lauda Air and Tyrolean. He has also worked with Jet Airways (India), British Midland International, Air Berlin (Germany/ UK) and Go Air (India). He brings with him decades of experience and world class practices.
RK Singh is an LLM in Aviation Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands and holds MBA degree from Southern Cross University, Australia.
Singh has over 36 years of experience working in different capacities; Firstly, in the Indian Government as an IAS officer (1985 to 2009) and later as an Aviation Law/Management specialist. He has served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India and has been the CMD of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited. He has also served on the Boards of Air India, Indian Airlines, Alliance Air, and Air India Charters Limited (Air India Express) in the past.
Presently, he serves on the International Board of the Institute of Airlines and Space Law (IIASL) of Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Gaurav has more than two decades of diverse exposure in the field of Finance, Corporate Governance and Business Operations. A Chartered Accountant and certified Six Sigma Blackbelt, he has held senior management responsibilities across various industries and worked in multiple countries.
Prior to joining IndiGo, Gaurav spent twenty-two years with General Electric Company, where he was part of their Global Leadership programs in Finance and Executive management. In his last role with GE, Gaurav was the CFO for GE Renewable Onshore Wind covering Asia Pacific Region. Prior to that he held the position of Whole Time Director & CFO of GE T&D India, a Public Listed Company in Transmission & Distribution, where he was a member of the Board and various committees of Audit, Risk Management, Stakeholder Relationship and CSR. Gaurav has also been the CFO for GE Healthcare and GE NBCU, both Joint Ventures, with Wipro and NDTV, respectively. Gaurav was part of GE Corporate Global Leadership program in Finance and Corporate Audit Staff and started his career with GE Capital in CT, USA.
Gaurav is a Commerce graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University, and a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Saguna has almost 30 years of experience, and has held senior leadership positions in a number of global organizations, providing strategic legal advice on commercial transactions, corporate governance and regulatory compliances.
Her last assignment was as the Director & Head of Legal and Compliance at Nokia for the India and APJ region where she has been a Director on the board of Nokia India and a key member of the CSR Committee. Prior to Nokia, she was Vice President and General Counsel, Asia at Genpact for over a decade during which time she also supported GE Aviation’s operations. She has also worked with leading law firms in India and Middle East, where her experience includes advising leading domestic airlines.
Saguna is a Philosophy (Honors) graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi; a law graduate from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and received a British Chevening Scholarship for advanced legal studies at the College of Law, York University.
In a career spanning 27 years, Sukhjit S Pasricha has been in leadership positions across sectors and in complex businesses that operate in both B2B and B2C spaces. He has been instrumental in building business-aligned HR strategies, driving HR transformational projects and strengthening organizational capabilities through formulation & implementation of HR processes and ensuring proactive HR interventions.
In his previous stint at IndiGo as Senior Vice President – HR, his contributions in terms of innovative and new age peoples' practices made IndiGo scalable for growth besides being a talent magnet. As an IndiGo alumnus, he remained a 6E Ambassador. Prior to rejoining IndiGo in 2022, Sukhjit worked with Kotak Mahindra Bank and Bajaj FinServ as Group CHRO & Chief of HR & Admin respectively. He has also been associated with Bharti Airtel International (Netherland) B.V. as their Sr. Vice President – HR (Airtel Africa). In this role, he was responsible for driving the HR transformation across 17 countries. Additionally, he was Head-HR / HR Business Partner for nine Anglophone countries. He has been in leadership roles at PepsiCo and Spice Communications too.
Neetan comes with a three-decade track record of delivering business value and transformation using technology and innovation. He has been recognized by the Silicon Valley’s Constellation Research into BT150 (Business Transformation 150), which is a global elite list of top executives leading innovative business transformation efforts. He has been on the Board of multiple technology start-ups and VCs, helping bring digital advisory to entrepreneurship.
His last assignment was with Dubai Holding (DH) as Group Chief Technology Officer where he led digital transformation, analytics and technology outcomes for the overall Group and co-created new digital business models. Neetan started his career at Accenture Consulting in India in early 1992, then moved to the UAE and joined Emirates in the year 1995 as Senior IT Manager. From thereon, he steadily grew with Emirates into the SVP IT and Innovation role, before leaving them in 2018 and joining Dubai Holding as their Group CTO.
Neetan is a Physics (Honors) graduate from Delhi University and a post graduate in computer applications (MCA) from NIT, Trichy.
Abhijit DasGupta is an experienced veteran in the aviation industry with professional experience of over 20 years. He has functional expertise in Long Term Network and Fleet Strategy, Network Planning and Analysis, Schedule Management, Airline Partnerships and Strategic Regulatory Affairs.
Prior to joining IndiGo, Abhijit spent close to 17 years with Jet Airways where he was the Vice President of Planning and led the Planning and Partnership portfolios. He project-managed Jet Airways’ international expansion since its inception in 2004 and was responsible for key partnership driven network expansion projects in Singapore, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam and Paris.
Abhijit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University and Post Graduate degree in Management as a member of the founding batch of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Vinay’s professional career spans across a diverse 30 years of experience in the travel industry, where he served as the Regional Group Chief Operating Officer - South Asia, Middle East & North Africa and the Americas - at VFS Global, and was a member of the organisation’s Executive Board. During his Dubai-based role, he was responsible for managing the core visa business in these regions, as well as strengthening allied travel-related B2C services, globally.
Prior to his role at VFS Global, in 2013, Vinay had a 10-year successful stint at Emirates, before which, he played instrumental roles at Swissair, and Galileo, subsequently. He has also been an aircraft load-controller, with wide aviation experience which included managing passenger sales, ticket offices, airport operations, as well as cargo operations.
A commerce graduate (with Honours) from Delhi University, India, Vinay also holds an MBA degree, with merit, from Bradford University, UK.
Peer Mohamed is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst by profession. He joined IndiGo prior to the commencement of our commercial operations, as the Chief Financial Officer and held the position for 8 years before taking up his current role with us.
Riyaz PeerMohamed holds a bachelor’s degree in science from University of Bombay. He is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Chartered Financial Analyst from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. He has completed his management education program from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Previously, PeerMohamed was with Emirates in Dubai and joined them in November 1989 where he held various positions. His last held position for Emirates was Senior Vice President – Corporate Treasury which he held from August 2001 until May 2006, before joining IndiGo.
Capt. Ashim Mittra has over 20,000 hours of flying and flies as a DGCA Designated Examiner on the Airbus 320. He has been an integral part of IndiGo ever since its inception in 2006.
He started his aviation career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Indian Airlines 37 years ago. In 1981, he qualified to become an Airbus 300 Flight Engineer and logged approximately 5000 hrs. as flight engineer, over almost 7 years.
Thereafter, he acquired a Commercial Pilot’s License from the US and from 1987 to 1994 he flew the Boeing 737-200 and A320 planes with Indian Airlines. He went on to gain international exposure and worked with pilots from different cultures and nationalities while flying for Air Lanka from 1994 to 1997. Subsequently, Capt. Ashim Mittra flew with Alliance Air, Air Sahara, and Air India Express as Captain on the 737-200/700/800NG. He was a Check Pilot on the Boeing 737-200 with Alliance Air until he joined IndiGo.
Sanjeev Ramdas is an airline veteran and has headed airport operations for many years. He has been with IndiGo ever since its inception in 2006.
Sanjeev Ramdas holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University of Delhi and a post graduate diploma in personnel management and industrial relations from YMCA Institute of Management Studies.
Ramdas worked for Cambata Aviation Private Limited from 1989 till 1994 as Duty Officer and was in charge of aircraft handling, passenger services and charter flights. Prior to joining IndiGo, he joined InterGlobe Air Transport Limited and was the Director of Airport Services from 1994 till 2006 where he managed the Airport Operations for InterGlobe Air Transport Limited’s airline partners and was responsible for Airport Operations, Customer Services, Emergency Response Procedures and Safety.
S.C. Gupta is a licensed aircraft engineer by profession and has more than 30 years of experience in the Aviation industry. He has been with IndiGo ever since its inception in the year 2006.
Gupta is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and has completed his Master’s in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi.
Prior to joining IndiGo, Gupta was the Director of Engineering for Indian Airlines and was a member of the aircraft purchasing team.
Suman Chopra, an aviation professional has been with the industry for over 25 years. She has been associated with us since April 2006 as part of our launch team.
Chopra holds a bachelor’s degree from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University in Food and Nutrition. She has certifications in the field of strategy, change, innovation & leadership from IIM Ahmedabad and NUS, Singapore.
Prior to joining IndiGo, Chopra was General Manager of the Inflight Services & training division at Air Sahara. She was responsible for designing the training programme for Cabin Crew and played an important role in shaping the inflight services team at Air Sahara. She flew as a cabin crew member with Indian Airlines & Emirates.
Mark Sutch has over 25 years of experience in the airline business across numerous geographies and verticals.
Before joining IndiGo, Mark had a 25-year career with Cathay Pacific Airways that included leading the commercial side of the airline’s cargo division. Mark was also Country Head for the airline group in France, The Philippines, and Sri Lanka. During his tenure, he held management positions in Revenue Management as well as Flight Operations, based in Hong Kong. Most recently Mark was the Regional VP for Cathay Pacific in South Asia, Middle East, and Africa based in Mumbai. Between his career at Cathay Pacific and joining IndiGo, Mark was Chief Commercial Officer for the start-up airline CMA CGM Air Cargo, based in Marseille, France.
Mark holds a Batchelor's Degree in Chinese & Management Studies from Durham University in the UK and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, France.
Summi Sharma is a seasoned aviation professional with over 25 years in the industry, ranging from Operations, Learning and Development and Customer Experience.
Summi has been an instrumental part of the team over last 15 years and was part of the launch crew for IndiGo in May 2006. In her early days, she was head of all safety and emergency training programs and eventually moved up to lead ‘ifly’ – IndiGo’s learning academy – a place where the spirit of IndiGo is created
In her pursuit of perpetual learning, Sharma graduated from the Stanford School of Business in 2014 as a part of the Executive Program for Women Leaders. In her current role, she leads ifly and Customer Experience. She is accountable for overall skill and leadership development for all employees at IndiGo. She is known for always looking at the organisation outside-in, through the eyes of the customer. Her mandate to make each customer touch point as hassle-free as possible.
Krishan Bhargava joined IndiGo in 2007 as Director-Treasury. He was responsible for aircraft acquisition and financing, banking, investment, risk management, insurance, and aviation turbine fuel. In 2009 he took the position of Vice President – Treasury. As IndiGo expanded, Bhargava became part of aircraft acquisition and financing team as Vice President. He was additionally given Treasury in 2021.
Bhargava started his career with Raj Pumps Private Limited where he worked as general manager for over a decade. He joined InterGlobe Enterprises Limited in 1997 and was General Manager-Finance before moving to IndiGo. He is currently Senior Vice President – Aircraft Acquisition & Financing, Treasury.
Bhargava is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing, Master of Commerce and bachelor’s degree in law from University of Jodhpur.
Rahul Bhatia is the Promoter and Managing Director of the Company. He is also the Group Managing Director of InterGlobe Enterprises. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Bhatia established InterGlobe Enterprises in 1989 with its flagship business of Air Transport Management. With a substantial experience of over 3 decades in the travel industry, it is under his effective captainship that the InterGlobe Group has diversified its portfolio, which now includes Civil Aviation (IndiGo), Hospitality, Airline Management, Travel Commerce, Advanced Pilot Training, and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
In 2011, Bhatia was recognized as the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young and also by The Economic Times. In the same year, he received ‘The Outstanding Start-Up’ award at the Forbes India Leadership Awards as well. In 2016, he was featured on the Forbes’ Global Game Changers List.