The New Head Of Air India Is…A Railwayman

If you thought that your education or your previous experience determined where you end up in life, think again. After searching for one year, the Government of India has finally a candidate to head Air India. He’s a railwayman.

Ashwani Lohani will be the next chief of Air India. An Indian Railway Service officer of 1980 batch, Lohani would succeed Rohit Nandan whose three-year term ended last year and who was on a one-year extension, which also ended on August 20, 2015.

Ashwani Lohani

Since January, 2015, Lohani was Commissioner & Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Prior to this, he was working as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Indian Railway Organisation for Alternate Fuels since December, 2013. A qualified Chartered Mechanical Engineer, he has degree equivalence in four disciplines, namely, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. He has figured in Limca Book of Records (2007 edition) for attaining four engineering degrees at a young age of 21 way back in 1979.

He has authored two books – ‘Winning at work against all odds’ and a coffee table book ‘Smoking Beauties’ that came out in March 2004. In January 2006, Lohani also authored a report on ‘Rail Heritage and Tourism’. He is also life member of Museums Associations of India and Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers.