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Directors Biography

DATO' ABDEL AZIZ @ ABDUL AZIZ BIN ABU BAKAR was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Company on 20 April 2005 and on 16 June 2008, he was re-designated to Non-Executive Chairman. He is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Prior to this, he served as an Alternate Director of the Company to Dato' Pahamin Ab. Rajab since 11 October 2004. He also served earlier as a Director of the Company from 12 December 2001 to 11 October 2004. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of VDSL Network Sdn Bhd.

He is also the Chairman of PAIMM (Academy of Malaysian Music Industry Association) and PRISM (Performance and Artists Rights Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.), a music performers collection body. From 1981 to 1983 he was Executive Director of Showmasters (M) Sdn Bhd, an artiste management and concert promotion company.

He subsequently joined BMG Music and was General Manager from 1989 to 1997 and, Managing Director from 1997 to 1999. He received a Diploma in Agriculture from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in 1975, his BSc in Agriculture Business from Louisiana State University, USA in 1978, and an MBA from the University of Dallas, USA in 1980.


TAN SRI DR. TONY FERNANDES has a personal credo - "Believe the unbelievable. Dream the impossible. Never take no for an answer." He studied at Epsom College, UK, and the London School of Economics and qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991. He became a Fellow Member in 1996. He was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2008.

Tony has been the Group CEO of AirAsia since December 2001. Prior to AirAsia, he was the Financial Controller of Virgin Communications London before joining Warner Music International London in 1989. He was promoted to Managing Director, Warner Music Malaysia in 1992 and to Regional Managing Director, Warner Music South East Asia in 1996. In 1999, he became the Vice President of Warner Music South East Asia.

Tony's many awards include: Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for services to promote commercial and educational links between the UK and Malaysia. In 2010, the French government had conferred on him the award of Officer of the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award that can be conferred on a non-French national.

He was named as one of the world's 100 most creative people in business for 2011 by New York-based business magazine Fast Company, and awarded the Inaugural ‘Travel Business Leaders Award’ winner by CNBC.

DATO' KAMARUDIN BIN MERANUN was appointed Director of the Company on 12 December 2001. In January 2004, he was appointed Executive Director and on 8 December 2005, he was re-designated to Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer. On 1 July 2012, he was re-designated to Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Berhad. He is also the Chairman of the Employee Share Option Scheme Committee of the Board. Prior to joining the Company, he worked in Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank from 1988 to 1993 as a Portfolio Manager, managing both institutional and high net-worth individual clients' investment funds.

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 its joint venture partner of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which was later renamed Intrinsic Capital Management Sdn Bhd.


CONOR MC CARTHY was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Company on 21 June 2004. He heads the Safety Review Board of the Company. He is Managing Director of PlaneConsult, a leading aviation business solutions provider which he set up in 2000 which specialises in advising and establishing Low Cost Carriers Prior to establishing PlaneConsult, Conor was the Director of Group Operations at Ryanair from 1996 to 2000.

Before joining Ryanair, he was the CEO of Aer Lingus Commuter. Prior to that, he was General Manager/SVP for Aer Lingus in the Marketing and Strategic Planning divisions.



AIREEN OMAR was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad on 1 July 2012.

Prior to her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian operations, Aireen was the Regional Head of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Investor Relations at AirAsia Berhad. She joined AirAsia in January 2006 as Director of Corporate Finance.

She started her career with Deustche Bank Securities in New York. She moved back to Malaysia in 2001 to join Maybank Group where she originated, structured and executed debt securities, including Islamic securities. In 2003, she joined Bumiwerks Capital Management where she executed asset securitization, structured finance and project finance securities, including the issue of Malaysia's first residential mortgage-backed securities.

Aireen holds an economics degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a masters in economics degree from New York University.



Independent Directors


DATO' LEONG KHEE SEONG was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 8 October 2004. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Board. He was Deputy Minister of Primary Industries from 1974 to 1978, Minister of Primary Industries from 1978 to 1986 and a Member of Parliament from 1974 to 1990. Prior to this, he was a substantial shareholder of his family's private limited companies, which were principally involved in general trading. He was the Chairman of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade's Negotiating Committee on Tropical Products (1986 to 1990) and was the Chairman of the Group of 14 on ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Integration (1986 to 1987). He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1964 from University of New South Wales, Australia. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of TSH Resources Berhad.



DATO' FAM LEE EE was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 8 October 2004. He is also a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of the Board. He received his BA (Hons) from the University of Malaya in 1986 and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, England in 1989. He obtained his Certificate of Legal Practice in 1990 and has been practising law since 1991 and currently is the senior partner at Messrs YF Chun, Fam & Yeo. He also serves as a Director of M-Mode Berhad.



DATO' MOHAMED KHADAR BIN MERICAN was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 10 September 2007. He is also a member of the Safety Review Board and Audit Committee of the Board. He has had more than 20 years' experience in financial and general management. He has been an auditor and a management consultant with an international accounting firm, before joining a financial services group in 1986.

Between 1988 and April, 2003, Dato' Khadar held several senior management positions in Pernas International Holdings Berhad (now known as Tradewinds Corporation Berhad), a company listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, including as President and Chief Operating Officer.

He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also presently a Director of Rashid Hussain Berhad, RHB Capital Berhad, RHB Investment Bank Berhad (formerly known as RHB Sakura Merchant Bankers Berhad) and ASTRO All Asia Networks PLC.


MOHD OMAR BIN MUSTAPHA, was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 16 March 2011.He co-founded Ethos & Company in June 2002. He led Ethos as Managing Partner from 2002 to 2010, and became Chairman of the firm in January 2011.

As Managing Partner he provided the overall stewardship for the partnership group and associates, and guides the thought leadership and client development agenda of the firm. In 2004, he took a sabbatical from Ethos to serve as Special Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak for economic, corporate sector and foreign policy issues. He re-joined Ethos as Managing Partner in 2006 upon the untimely passing of his partner and co-founder Dr. Liew Boon Horng. In 2007, he co-founded Ethos Capital, a Malaysian based private equity firm focused on providing equity capital and management support to growth companies in Southeast Asia. Ethos Capital's maiden fund is in excess of RM200 million.

He has significant experience in the Malaysian and international corporate and government sectors, where he has engaged with and advised top‐level decision‐makers on issues of business strategy, public policy and regulatory engagement, corporate governance and leadership, performance and talent management. Prior to establishing Ethos, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Kuala Lumpur and London. He has served multinational clients in the telecoms, energy, media, retail, banking and government sectors in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. He started his career as a Corporate Planning Manager with Petronas and subsequently as a Vice President with the Multimedia Development Corporation.

He is a member of the National Economic Council chaired by the Prime Minister. He was elected by the World Economic Forum as a 2007 Young Global Leader and is a 2008 Eisenhower Fellow. He is a founder of the Young Leaders Programme of the World Islamic Economic Forum.

He graduated from Oxford University where he obtained his BA (Hons) and MA degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He has attended advanced leadership studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He also serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Petroliam Nasional Berhad and Symphony House Berhad.