BHUBANESWAR: An Odisha-born bureaucrat has been appointed the chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Guruprasad Mohapatra, a 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, is slated to join the office on Tuesday.
Prior to the recent posting, he was posted as Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Commerce and had served as Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad for over three years. After about two years of his tenure as Joint Secretary, he was appointed the Chairman of AAI.
An MA in Political Science and MPhil in Diplomacy (International Relation), Mohapatra is also an MBA degree holder. He hails from Niali area and is youngest son of noted litterateur late Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo.
He had a long stint in the power sector, where he was involved in the comprehensive reforms in the power sector and restructuring of the erstwhile Gujarat Electricity Board into several commercial entities.
Mohpatra also served the Sales Tax department as Special Commissioner (Enforcement), and Commissioner of Commercial Taxes and as the Commissioner of Transport besides as the Joint MD of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) during his service in Gujarat.