IndiGo appoints Pieter Elbers as new CEO after Ronojoy Dutta decides to retire by September

Pieter Elbers has been appointed as Ronojoy Dutta’s successor after Ronojoy Dutta decides to retire by September, the company said in a press release on Wednesday, May 18.

Ronojoy Dutta will be retiring as the Chief Executive Officer of low-cost carrier IndiGo on September 30, 2022. Dutta, 71, was appointed at the helm of IndiGo in January 2019. 

“The Board of Directors of the Company, at its meeting held today, May 18, 2022, has approved the appointment of Mr. Pieter Elbers as the Chief Executive Officer and as a Whole Time Director of the Company, subject to necessary regulatory and Shareholders’ approvals,” India’s largest airline said in a statement.

“What IndiGo’s employees and leadership jointly built, since its start 16 years ago, is ‘impressive’. I am very honoured and do look forward to build upon this, working together with the entire IndiGo team. I am delighted to become a part of the next stage of IndiGo’s incredible journey, further fulfilling the vision of what the airline can do and will be for its customers and for India.”

Pieter Elbers, Future CEO, Indigo

Elbers, 52, will be joining IndiGo on or before October 01, 2022. Elbers has served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of KLM Royal Dutch Airline since 2014. Elbers is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Air France – KLM Group.

Born in The Netherlands’ Schiedam, Elbers started his career in aviation by joining KLM in 1992 at their Schiphol hub and held various managerial positions in The Netherlands, Japan, Italy and Greece.

Pieter Elbers has served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of KLM Royal Dutch Airline since 2014

He was appointed as the Senior VP of Network and Alliances after he returned to The Netherlands before being promoted as the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Elbers has a bachelor’s degree in logistics management and a master’s degree in business economics. 

“I leave knowing that IndiGo is in the good custody of Mr. Elbers and that the future for IndiGo employees is secure and bright. I would like to thank all the employees at IndiGo for the kindness and affection they have shown me over the past four years. As I move forward to the next chapter of my life, I will look back with nostalgia, fondness, and a tinge of separation regret.”

Ronojoy Dutta, Present CEO, IndiGo

“The Board of Directors and I would like to thank Rono for effectively leading our business for almost four years with a steady hand through what has been the most turbulent period in the airline’s history and aviation globally,” Rahul Bhatia, Managing Director of IndiGo said.