Board Of Directors


Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
Senior Independent Non-Executive Chairman
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Tan Sri Rafidah, Malaysian, aged 72, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board on 3 March 2011 and re-designated as a Senior Independent Non-Executive Chairman upon listing of the Company on 10 July 2013. She is also Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board and Safety Review Board of the Company.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Malaya.

She is Malaysia's longest-serving Minister of International Trade and Industry, having served in that capacity from 1987 to 2008, and contributes a wealth of international experience.

Prior to this, she has also held the portfolio of Minister of Public Enterprises from 1980 to 1987 and Deputy Minister of Finance from 1977 to 1980. Tan Sri Rafidah also has experience lecturing at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya between 1966 and 1976. She now serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

She has received various awards from the states of Selangor, Perak, Melaka and Terengganu as well as from Argentina and Chile. She has also been conferred Honorary Doctorates from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Tun Razak and the Dominican University of California, United States of America.

She also serves as Chairman of Megasteel Sdn Bhd and Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studio and is the patron of several NGOs.

Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun
Non-Independent Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer
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Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun, Malaysian, aged 54, was appointed Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 6 June 2006. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Board on 3 February 2010 till 3 March 2011. Datuk Kamarudin was re-designated as Non-Independent Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer ("GCEO") on 30 January 2015. He is one of the Company's co-founders, serves as Chairman of the Employees' Share Option Scheme Committee, and is a member of the Safety Review Board of the Company.

Prior to joining the Company, Datuk Kamarudin worked in Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank from 1988 to 1993 as a Portfolio Manager. In 1994, he was appointed Executive Director of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Innosabah Securities Sdn Bhd. He subsequently acquired the shares of the joint venture partner of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which was later renamed Intrinsic Capital Management Sdn Bhd. Datuk Kamarudin received a Diploma in Actuarial Science from University Technology MARA (UiTM) and was named the Best Actuarial Student by the Life Insurance Institute of Malaysia in 1983. He received a BSc with Distinction (Magna Cum Laude) majoring in Finance in 1986, and an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1987.

Datuk Kamarudin was awarded the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title Datuk, from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 21 November 2013.

He is a Non-Independent Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad and a NonIndependent Non-Executive Director of Tune Protect Group Berhad (formerly known as Tune Ins Holdings Berhad). He is also a Director of Yayasan Pendidikan Titiwangsa.

Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes CBE, Malaysian, aged 52, was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 18 July 2006 and is one of the Company's cofounders.

Tan Sri Tony graduated from the London School of Economics. He was admitted as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991 and became a Fellow Member in 1996. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Innovation from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in March 2010.

He was the Financial Controller at Virgin Communications London (1987-1989) before moving on to be a Senior Financial Analyst at Warner Music International London (1989- 1992), Managing Director at Warner Music Malaysia (1992-1996), Regional Managing Director, Asean (1996-1999) and Vice President, Asean at Warner Music South East Asia (1999-2001).

In 1999, the Sultan of Selangor bestowed on him the title Setia Mahkota Selangor for his contributions to the Malaysian music industry. He also received the Recording Industry Person of the Year 1997 award from the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia.

Since launching AirAsia, he has received numerous state awards as well as industry accolades. Within Malaysia, he has been awarded the title Dato' by the Sultans of Negeri Sembilan and Pahang; Dato' Seri by the Sultan of Perak; and Tan Sri from a former Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Internationally, he has been presented the title Officier of the Legion d' Honneur, followed by the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, the highest rank of honour that the French Government can bestow on non-French citizens. Later, he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

From the industry, he was presented the Airline Business Strategy Award 2005 and Low Cost Leadership Award by Airline Business, and named Asia Pacific Aviation Executive by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) for the years 2004 and 2005. He bagged The Brand Laureate Brand Personality Award in 2006 and 2007; was presented the CAPA Legend Award 2009 (Aviation Hall of Fame); and the Airline CEO of the Year Award for 2009 from Jane's Transport Finance.

In 2010, Tan Sri Tony was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize in Tokyo and the Masterclass Global CEO of the Year at the 2nd Malaysia Business Leadership Award (MBLA). He was also named Forbes Asia Businessman of the Year 2010, the first Asean citizen to receive the award.

In 2011, Tan Sri Tony was named one of the most creative people in business by New York-based business magazine Fast Company and was on its Top 10 Most Creative People in Twitter list. He was also named CEO of the Year at the Annual Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards held in London; and CNBC Travel Business Leader of 2011 at CNBC's Travel Business Leaders Award Asia Pacific held in Singapore.

In 2012, he was bestowed the Individual Achievement of the Year award at the 1st Malaysia Achievement Awards 2012, organised by the Malaysia Achievement Organisation (MACA). He was also honoured with the Best CEO for IR - Mid Cap award by the Malaysian Investor Relations Association Berhad (MIRA); named as one of Malaysia's outstanding CEOs by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club (BRC); and announced as GQ India's International Businessman of the Year 2012. In January 2013, Tan Sri Tony was named a Malaysia Brand Ambassador by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He went on to win Corporate Governance Asia's Best CEO for Malaysia award - for the third year in a row – in March 2013.

He was named Airline Industry Leader of the Year at the 4th Aviation 100 Awards in January 2014, and Brand Builder of the Year at the 2014 World Branding Awards. In 2015, he made it onto 2015 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Most recently, he was recognised by the U.S. - ASEAN Business Council with the ‘Fourth Pillar' award for his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of ASEAN. He is the second recipient of the award after the Administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

He is a Non-Independent Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad and a NonIndependent Non-Executive Director of Tune Protect Group Berhad (formerly known as Tune Ins Holdings Berhad).

Lim Kian Onn
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Mr Lim, Malaysian, aged 59, was appointed as an Alternate Director to Dato' Seri Kalimullah Bin Masheerul Hassan on 11 June 2007 and is one of the Company's co-founders. He ceased as an Alternate Director to Dato' Seri Kalimullah and was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 10 July 2012. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He served his articleship with KMG Thomson McLintock in London and was a consultant with Andersen Consulting from 1981 to 1984. Between 1984 and 1993, he was with Hong Leong Group, Malaysia as an Executive Director in the stockbroking arm responsible for corporate finance, research and institutional sales. Mr Lim founded the Libra Capital Group in 1994 and co-founded the ECM Libra Group in 2002.

He was appointed to the Board of ECM Libra Financial Group Berhad (ECMLFG) on 16 June 2006 and redesignated as Managing Director with effect from 1 May 2007, a position he held till 5 August 2010. On 6 August 2010, he was re-designated as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of ECMLFG. He also serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of Plato Capital Limited, a company listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore, a Director of Kennedy, Burkill & Company Berhad and a trustee of ECM Libra Foundation.

Dato' Fam Lee Ee
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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Dato' Fam, Malaysian, aged 55, was appointed Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 24 March 2008. He is also a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board.

He received his BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Malaya in 1986 and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, England in 1989. Upon obtaining a Certificate of Legal Practice in 1990, he has been practising law since 1991 and is currently a senior partner at Messrs YF Chun, Fam & Yeo.

Dato' Fam used to sit on the Board of Trustees of Yayasan PEJATI from 1996 to 2007. Since 2001, he has also served as a legal advisor to the Chinese Guilds and Association and charitable organisations such as Yayasan SSL Haemodialysis Centre in PJ.

He also serves as a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Berhad.

Tan Sri Asmat Bin Kamaludin
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Tan Sri Asmat, Malaysian, aged 72, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 13 May 2013. He is a member of the Audit Committee.

He graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics. He also holds a Diploma in European Economic Integration from the University of Amsterdam.

He has vast experience of 35 years in various capacities in the public service and his last post in the public service was as the Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade & Industry Malaysia, a position he held since May 1992. In the last five years prior to his retirement in 2001, Tan Sri Asmat served as a Board member of Malaysia Technology Development Corporation, Multimedia Development Corporation, Malaysian Trade Development Corporation, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Small and Medium Industries Development Corporation and Perbadanan Johor.

He serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of UMW Holdings Berhad, UMW Oil and Gas Corporation Berhad, Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad and Compugates Holdings Berhad, companies listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

He is also Non-Executive Vice Chairman of YTL Cement Berhad and a Director of Permodalan Nasional Berhad, The Royal Bank of Scotland Berhad and JACTIM Foundation, all public companies. Tan Sri Asmat is a Governor of JACTIM and sits on the Boards of FMM and MAJECA. He has also represented Malaysia for several years as Governor on the Governing Board of The Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia.

Dato' Yusli Bin Mohamed Yusoff
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Dato' Yusli, Malaysian, aged 57, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 13 May 2013. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board.

He graduated from the University of Essex, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Economics in 1981. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, the Malaysian Institute of Accountants as well as an honorary member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia.

He commenced his professional career in 1981 as an Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co in London, United Kingdom before joining Hugin Sweda PLC in 1986, where he was Chief Accountant until 1990

He returned to Malaysia and held various key positions at industrial and financial groups in the country's capital, providing him with experience in a number of different industries including property and infrastructure development, telecommunications, engineering and merchant banking.

He entered the stockbroking industry when he was appointed as Chief Executive Director of CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd from 2000 to 2004. He also served as Chairman of the Association of Stockbroking Companies Malaysia from 2003 to 2004.

From 2004 to 2011, he was the Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, previously known as the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. During the same period, he also sat on the Board of the Capital Market Development Fund and was an Executive Committee member of the Financial Reporting Foundation of Malaysia.

He also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of a few public listed companies in Malaysia namely YTL Power International Berhad, Mulpha International Berhad, Mudajaya Group Berhad and Westports Holdings Berhad. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Pelaburan MARA Berhad. He also sits on the Board of Asian Institute of Finance Berhad, Australaysia Resources & Minerals Berhad, PMB Tijari Berhad and Dato' HM Shah Foundation. Outside his professional engagements, he also serves as the Patron of the Victoria Institution Old Boys Association.