Rakesh Gangwal is a former CEO and Chairman of US Airways Group. From June 2003 to August 2007, Mr. Gangwal was the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Worldspan Technologies, Inc., a provider of travel technology and information services to the travel and transportation industry. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Gangwal was involved in various personal business endeavors, including private equity projects and consulting projects. He was the president and chief executive officer of US Airways Group from 1998 until his resignation in 2001. He is co-founder of Indigo airline.
Mr Gangwal was born in 1953. He received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining US Airways, he served as executive vice president for Air France, beginning in the November, 1994. His Association with the airline industry began in September, 1980, when as an associate of Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc, he worked closely with United Airlines. In 1984, he joined United as Manager-strategic-planning. He held a series of positions at United. Previously, Mr Gangwal had been a financial analyst in the product development group of Ford Motor Co. and a production and planning engineer with Philips India Ltd.
Mr Gangwal has served on the Board of Advisers of the University of Colorado (Denver), the Board of Trustees of Providence-St. Mel School (Chicago), the Board of Directors of the Airline Tariff Publishing Co. and Board of Trustees of the Alexian Brothers Medical Center (Elk Grove, III, USA).Mr Gangwal is conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Though smart, Mr. Gangwal is known by many for his stern and dictatorial management style.