Jet CEO Cramer Ball resigns

New Delhi: Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Cramer Ball resigned today becoming the fourth CEO of the private carrier to have quit since April 2013 when it offloaded a part of stake to Abu Dhabi's national airline Etihad.

The airline also announced that its whole-time director Guarang Shetty will serve as acting CEO under the supervision of Chairman Naresh Goyal.

Ball was appointed as the Jet Airways CEO in May 2014, after the acting chief executive Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan, who was also the chief financial officer of Jet Airways, decided to part ways with Naresh Goyal-owned full service carrier.

Ball has quit the airline to pursue a new opportunity, in Europe for family reasons, Jet Airways said in a statement while announcing that his resignation will be effective from February 29 next.

Jet Airways has seen a number of its senior executive departing from the carrier in the last two and a half years with two top executives besides Ball having quit this year alone.

In September this year, its vice president for fleet management Krishnan Balakrishnan had left the carrier to join budget airline GoAir as its chief financial officer.

Earlier in August, its then Chief Commercial Officer Raj Sivakumar also moved out of the Mumbai-headquartered airline. "Cramer has, during his tenure, made a significant contribution in the journey to turn around Jet Airways. The company recorded two consecutive profitable quarters after a gap of eight years," Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal said in a statement.

Shetty will now lead the operating committee in managing the day-to-day operations of the company, the release said, adding that he will be functioning under the supervision and control of the Board of Directors, chaired by Goyal.

"I am honoured to have been able to play a part in the turnaround of Jet Airways, as it moves towards long-term sustainable profitability... I am pleased with the progress that has been made," Ball said on his resignation.

Nikos Kardassis was the first CEO to part ways with Goyal after he signed the Rs 2,069 crore stake sale deal with Etihad in April 2013 on the ground that he was kept out of the negotiations.

Following Kardasis resignation, Jet Airways brought in Gary Kenneth Toomey as its new CEO in October, who too stepped out after serving the airline only for nearly six months despite a three-year job contract.

At this stage, the then CFO Gopalakrishnan was made acting CEO, who also quit the airline in March last year.

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