Monday, June 18, 2012

Aireen Omar is new AirAsia CEO for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has appointed Aireen Omar as its new chief executive officer (CEO) of Malaysian operations as AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes resigns as Malaysia CEO.
Fernandes said Aireen has been with AirAsia for the past six years.
Reuters meanwhile reported that prior to the appointment, Aireen was AirAsia's regional head of coporate finance and treasury.
Newly appointed AirAsia's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysian Operations Aireen Omar smiles after Group CEO Tony Fernandes places a cap bearing the company logo on her head, during a news conference in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur June 18, 2012. Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd said on Monday it had appointed Omar to head its local operations as the founder of Asia's largest budget carrier Fernandes moves to Indonesia to oversee its regional expansion plans. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
She will assume her new post on July 1 and report directly to Fernandes, now CEO for the AirAsia group, who confirmed he was moving to Jakarta.
"During the credit crisis, Aireen kept AirAsia ahead of the curve," AirAsia co-founder Kamarudin Meranun told reporters at the budget carrier's headquarters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
"While other companies fell into trouble securing any financing at all, Aireen was able to lock up financing at very competitive rates for two years for the purchase of aircraft for Airasia." - thestaronline

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