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“Strategic Visionary”
You may think twice before stepping into Ankur Bhatia’s shoes. From providing strategic vision and direction to an entire group of companies to charting new paths, it’s not an easy task being the executive director of the Bird Group of Companies.

Tulika Bhatnagar
At 36, Ankur manages the diversification charter for the Bird Group, a business conglomerate with a turnover in excess of US $60 million.

His focus is on devising blue ocean strategies that strengthen the overall brand proposition and accelerate a leap in core business value by exploring new growth avenues for building uncontested market leadership.

Among other things, Ankur is credited with bringing in the Amadeus brand for the group, which is today the market leader in providing travel technology for travel agents and airlines in the Indian sub-continent.

He has also steered the company's entry in several new areas including:
  • Travel BPOs: Ankur piloted Reservation Data Maintenance (India) Pvt. Ltd. (RDM), an IT-enabled Software Development and Service Support company for managing backend airline operations and inventory control. RDM is said to be the first Indian BPO.
  • Five-star hotel chain: Ankur marked the Group’s foray in the hospitality space under Bird Hospitality Services.
  • Airlines: The group will soon roll-out a regional airline under Ankur’s leadership.
  • Luxury brand management: Includes the BMW dealer network, luxury yachts, on-demand corporate business jets, and airline management services
  • IT services: Bird Information Systems (BIS) is another of Ankur’s extremely successful ventures, providing state-of-the-art technology and backend solutions to airlines such as Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways, GO Air, and Air One.
  • Amadeus India: Ankur has helped in growing Amadeus into a leading GDS in the subcontinent with a market share of over 50 percent.
Alumni of Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, Ankur completed a degree in Computer Science from King’s College, University of London.
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