Neerja Bhatia joined Etihad Airways in 2004 and has since climbed the corporate ladder to her current position, spearheading the award-winning airline’s commercial activities in India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.
She oversees one of the most dynamic markets in the world – India – where Etihad Airways is the biggest operator of international scheduled flights with its strategic Indian partner Jet Airways to and from the country than any other airline.
She has been responsible for the successful introduction of Etihad Airways to 11 Indian cities over the years and welcomed the airline’s Airbus A380 to India with its debut on the Abu Dhabi – Mumbai route in May 2016.
In her leadership role, Neerja has played a major part in overseeing the airline’s expansion across her region promoting its products and services to consumers offering greater choice, more convenience and improved connectivity.
She is also responsible for managing relations with Etihad Airways’ equity partners Jet Airways and Air Seychelles in India. Based in Mumbai, Neerja joined Etihad Airways as Sales Manager for Western India, and was promoted to Area Manager Western and Southern India before becoming General Manager India and, last year was elevated to a wider role as Vice President Indian Subcontinent.
Neerja started her career with the multi-disciplined R L Group of Companies in New Delhi before moving to Emirates where she spent 13 years – her last role being Sales Manager North India, based in the capital. She later moved to Mumbai as General Manager Western India with Galileo before joining Etihad Airways.
Dheeraj Rastogi, MBA, joined dnata in October 2011 and spear heads the Finance functions of the organization.
His current role entails responsibilities for all Finance functions including controlling, managing, authorising, evaluating and implementing Corporate Finance decisions
Dheeraj has an overall experience of 15 years in heading finance & accounts functions and supporting business, strategizing, budgeting, project management, taxation, costing & MIS, banking & treasury operations. Prior to joining dnata, he was associated with Intelenet Global Services Pvt. Ltd., in the role of Centre Head. Before this, he has worked with Kuoni Travel India Pvt. Ltd. for close to 10 years in various roles, the last being Head of Shared Service Centre.