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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Kamarudin bin Meranun

58 2018 Non-Independent Executive Chairman of the Board

Anthony Francis Fernandes

55 2018 Group Chief Executive Officer, Non-Independent Executive Director

Pattra Boosarawongse

49 2018 Group Chief Financial Officer

Tharumalingam Kanagalingam

54 Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Airlines

Aireen Omar

45 2018 Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Technology and Digital

Adrian Jenkins

50 2017 Group Chief Operations Officer

Esme Law

39 2017 Group Head of Investor Relations

Varun Bhatia

55 2018 Chief People and Culture Officer

Adam Geneave

38 2018 Group Head of Customer Happiness, Processes and Development

Nadzri Hashim

54 Group Head of Engineering

Declan Hogan

45 2015 Group Head of Technology Operations

Kim Lian How

46 Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer

Liong Tien Ling

43 Group Head of Safety

Kong Wei Lye

47 2018 Group Head of Data Science

Jackson Pek

48 2018 Chief Legal Officer

Jagan Persath

62 2007 Group Head of Security

Nikunj Shanti

40 2018 Group Head of Product

Eng Eng Tan

46 2013 Group Head of Internal Audit

Elias Vafiadis

38 2018 Group Head of AirAsia Software Engineering and Technology

Jasmindar Kaur

Company Secretary

Yen Hoon Lau

Joint Company Secretary

Abdel Aziz Bin Abu Bakar

65 2018 Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Mohamed Khadar bin Merican

62 2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Noor Neelofa Binti Mohd Noor

30 2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Stuart Dean

66 2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Lee Ee Fam

58 2018 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Kamarudin bin Meranun

Datuk Kamarudin bin Meranun is Non-Independent Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He is the co-founder of AirAsia. He was appointed as a Non-Independent Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. He is also a Non-Independent Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad (AAB), taking the lead in engaging with the Malaysian Government, aviation regulators and airport authorities. Before being designated as Executive Chairman, he was AAB’s Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer. In December 2001, Datuk Kamarudin, together with Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Dato’ Pahamin Ab Rajab and Dato’ Abdul Aziz bin Abu Bakar, acquired struggling domestic airline AirAsia and, with the help of Conor McCarthy, relaunched it as a budget travel pioneer in Asia and built it into the world’s best low-cost carrier. Prior to setting up AirAsia, Datuk Kamarudin worked at 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 the joint venture partner of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which was later renamed Intrinsic Capital Management Sdn Bhd. He holds a Diploma in Actuarial Science from University Technology MARA (UiTM), and graduated with a BSc with Distinction (Magna Cum Laude) majoring in Finance in 1986 and an MBA in 1987 from Central Michigan University, in the US. He received the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title Datuk, from the Malaysian King in November 2013. Datuk Kamarudin is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia X Berhad and Tune Protect Group Berhad, and a Director of Yayasan Pendidikan Titiwangsa.

Anthony Francis Fernandes

Tan Sri Dr. Anthony Francis (Tony) Fernandes is Group Chief Executive Officer, Non-Independent Executive Director of the Company. He is a cofounder of AirAsia. He was appointed as a Non-Independent Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. Fernandes is one of Asia’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, best known for co-founding AirAsia and democratising air travel in the region. In December 2001, Fernandes, together with Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Dato’ Pahamin Ab Rajab and Dato’ Abdul Aziz bin Abu Bakar, acquired struggling domestic airline AirAsia and, with the help of Conor McCarthy, relaunched it as a pioneer of budget travel in Asia, subsequently building it into the world’s best low-cost carrier. Fernandes studied in the UK, and qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991, then as a Fellow Member in 1996. An accountant by training, he began his career in Virgin Group before returning to Malaysia as Warner Music Group’s Vice President for Southeast Asia. This was just prior to launching AirAsia. He has received numerous honours and awards over the course of his career. These include the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur, awarded by the French Government for outstanding contributions to the economy of France through the aviation industry. Fernandes is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia X Berhad.

Pattra Boosarawongse

Ms. Pattra Boosarawongse is Group Chief Financial Officer of the Company. She joined AirAsia in March 2014 as Chief Financial Officer of AirAsia Thailand and Asia Aviation PCL. She was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer on 5 October 2018. She has delivered strong financial and operational results within our Thai associate’s Finance Department specifically and the company in general. In her role as Group CFO, Boosarawongse is responsible for our Group Finance, Group Strategy, Group Treasury, Group Investor Relations and Group Procurement. She also oversees our shared service unit, AirAsia SEA Sdn Bhd (F.K.A. AirAsia Global Shared Services Sdn Bhd), in Penang. A Certified Public Accountant, Boosarawongse started her career as a senior auditor at Ernst & Young. She then joined Sony Music as its Finance Director and rose to become its General Manager. She also assumed a regional role as team leader to implement a new group financial system covering 10 countries. In 2013, she played a key role in the merger of Sony Music with BEC TERO, and led the BEC TERO music department. Boosarawongse graduated from Thammasat University in Thailand with a Master’s in Finance and Accounting.

Tharumalingam Kanagalingam

Mr. Tharumalingam Kanagalingam also known as Bo Lingam is Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Airlines of the Company. He oversees our airline operations, commercial and finance functions, network planning and cargo, as well as the business development of new airlines. Bo joined AirAsia in 2001 as a Ground Operations Manager, responsible for the implementation of the low-cost concept in operations and procurement. Since then, he has held several key positions including Purchasing and Supplies Senior Manager, Regional Guest Services Director and President and Group Chief Operations Officer, supervising and driving process improvements in AirAsia’s operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Japan. He was also instrumental in setting up new airlines in the region for the Group. Prior to joining AirAsia, and upon completing his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, he worked extensively in the publication and music industry at various production houses, including as Production Controller at EMI Music Malaysia as well as Operations Manager and Promotions Manager at Warner Music Malaysia.

Aireen Omar

Ms. Aireen Omar is Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer - Technology and Digital of the Company. She is responsible for AirAsia’s digital strategy, promoting innovation throughout the Group and encouraging collaboration across AirAsia’s businesses and markets. Additionally, she oversees large, strategic Group-wide initiatives to help transform AirAsia into a global, cloud-driven product and platform company. She also spearheads AirAsia’s non-airline companies such as BigPay, AirAsia BIG Loyalty, ROKKI, travel360.com, Vidi, RedTix, AirAsiaGo, Big Data for Humans, RedBox and Santan. Prior to this, Aireen was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Malaysia, Regional Head of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Investor Relations, and also a member of the Safety Review Board. Aireen joined AirAsia in January 2006 as Director of Corporate Finance, her portfolio expanding quickly to also include Treasury, Fuel Procurement and Investor Relations functions. Taking on these roles, she was instrumental in shaping the development of AirAsia into one of the fastest growing and most highly-acclaimed airlines globally. She launched her career at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc in 1997, holding positions in New York and London before leaving in 2000 from the Equity Arbitrage Proprietary Trading Desk focusing on international equities, equity derivatives and equity-linked products. After returning to Malaysia in 2001, she served in several major local financial institutions including the Maybank Group, the country’s largest banking and financial services group. She is an Economics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and also holds a Master in Economics from New York University.

Adrian Jenkins

Capt. Adrian Jenkins is Group Chief Operations Officer of the Company. He is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of AirAsia’s aircraft, overseeing pilot and cabin crew recruitment, training and operations as well as ensuring compliance with national and international regulatory requirements and procedures. Captain Jenkins joined AirAsia in 1996, when the airline was still owned by HICOM Holdings Berhad. Since then, he has served AirAsia in various positions including instructor and Company Check Airman, Assistant Chief Pilot of Training and Standards, and Assistant Chief Pilot of Operations. He was also closely involved in setting up AirAsia Thailand’s flight operations and pilot training. In 2006, he was made Regional Head of Flight Operations before his appointment as Group Director of Flight Operations on 2 January 2015, and then as Group Chief Operating Officer on 13 December 2017.

Esme Law

Ms. Esme Law is Group Head of Investor Relations of the Company. She joined AirAsia as the Group Head of Investor Relations in February 2017. Within two years, she managed to grow and diversify the institutional investor base significantly and doubled the shareholder base since taking over this portfolio. She has also brought in numerous large institutional funds that were new to equity investments in Malaysia from all over Europe, UK, US, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and others as well as increased the local shareholdings by Malaysia’s large institutions. Her responsibilities also include building strong relationships with both buy-and sell-side investors, effective communication of information, providing AirAsia Group’s analysis, valuation and insights to the investment community. She ensures investors have a clear and full understanding of the company’s financial performance, business strategy, consolidated initiatives and future prospects so they can make informed decisions. She is also responsible for coordinating investor and shareholder meetings, investor conferences, roadshows, presentations to investors, issuing press releases on operating statistics and quarterly financial performance as well as organising Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings and Court Convened Meetings. Law graduated with a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a postgraduate diploma in several business majors. She returned to Malaysia and started her career as a management consultant in 2004. She has over 14 years of banking experience in structuring commercial and treasury products and has vast experience in selling banking products to retail banking, private banking and investment banking clients. Prior to joining AirAsia, she was the Vice President, Head of Sales and Structuring for Equity Derivatives, Global Markets at AmInvestment Bank Berhad.

Varun Bhatia

Mr. Varun Bhatia is Chief People and Culture Officer of the Company. He is responsible for building the company’s People practices across various areas such as recruitment, training, talent management, performance management and compensation. He works closely with the senior management team to continue building AirAsia’s organisational culture. Bhatia has close to three decades of global human resources experience, leading human resources operations across more than 40 countries in various Fortune 500 companies. This has seen him live and work in local cultures and communities in New Delhi, London, Singapore, Boston and San Francisco. He has worked as Chief Human Resources Officer at Levi Strauss & Co in San Francisco and Head of Human Resources for Asia Pacific at Kraft Foods in Singapore where, together with the leadership team, he helped to grow the business organically and through acquisitions from USD1 billion to USD5 billion in four years. Before that, he had a long and successful career with Gillette/Procter and Gamble, where he assumed various roles of increasing responsibility to head country, regional and global human resources organisations with extensive on-ground experience in Asia for over a decade and close to another decade in the UK and US. He has also served as a consultant and advisor to several early to mid-stage HRTech companies in the Silicon Valley and Asia. Bhatia completed his postgraduate degree in Human Resources at Xavier School of Management (XLRI) in India and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He studied organisational behaviour at Harvard University, corporate finance at the London Business School and how to build effective boards for start-ups under Stanford University’s Continuing Studies programme.

Adam Geneave

Mr. Adam Geneave is Group Head of Customer Happiness, Processes and Development of the Company. He oversees our Customer Happiness teams including all voice and digital contact centres along with customer strategy, insights, systems and Product Development for AirAsia Group. Geneave is a seasoned executive with an extensive background in commercial and operational leadership, including customer experience strategy, transformational programmes, product/ process/systems design, and the development and delivery of highperformance teams. Prior to joining AirAsia, Geneave was a member of the executive team reporting directly to the President and Managing Director of Wyndham Worldwide, the world’s largest hospitality company with over 8,000 hotels and the world’s largest vacation ownership programme. He led the transformation of Wyndham’s customer experience strategy across Asia Pacific, including the introduction of a next generation voice-of-customer platform to enable customer-led change across the business. He has also been instrumental in undertaking major revenue, product and service programmes at major airlines, including Virgin Australia and Qantas Group. In 2017, Geneave was named Executive Service Hero by the Customer Service Institute of Australia (CSIA), while his team won Best Customer Service Team for Large Australian Businesses. He is a frequent conference speaker and member of mentoring programmes in both Australia and Asia. Geneave is a Fellow of the Customer Service Institute of Australia and holds both a Masters degree in Aviation Management and an Airline Transport Pilots License.

Nadzri Hashim

Mr. Nadzri Hashim is Group Head of Engineering of the Company. He joined AirAsia in May 2005 as a technical services manager. In his 11 years with the company, he has established new structures and strategies in aircraft engineering. He has been involved in introducing new aircraft maintenance and operations systems, the Class 1 Less Paper Cockpit, various avionics modifications, major structural repair and aircraft configuration changes and local authorities’ type acceptance. On 1 April 2016, he was appointed Head of Engineering responsible for Maintenance Operations, Ground Support Equipment, Planning, Safety Management System and Training. Prior to joining AirAsia, Nadzri was a technical services engineer at Emirates Airlines, part of a team responsible for all strategic configurations and repair of the airline’s wide-body cabin interiors. His team was also responsible for the introduction of the Airbus A380 into service. Nadzri obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Ohio State University, US. He also holds a DCA Design Organization Certification and Verification Engineer Approval, the Head of Design Organization and was a Part M Continuing Airworthiness Nominated Holder.

Declan Hogan

Mr. Declan Hogan is Group Head of Technology Operations of the Company. He and his teams are responsible for IT operations, IT security, project management, enterprise product management, networking and infrastructure. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in IT, with the last 12 years in senior management positions. Prior to joining AirAsia, Hogan was Vice President of IT at FlyDubai in the UAE where he led the set-up and management of the airline’s IT function. He has also held IT management positions in organisations across various industries, including telecommunications, real estate and private equity ventures across the UAE, Australia and the UK. Hogan has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography and a Postgraduate Diploma in Communications from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Kim Lian How

Mr. Kim Lian How is Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He oversees all finance matters of the non-airline ventures under the AirAsia Group as well as the digital initiatives within the airline operation. He joined AirAsia in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer of AirAsia Berhad and has now assumed the role of Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer of AirAsia Group Berhad as well as Group Chief Financial Officer of RedBeat Ventures Sdn Bhd (RBV). RBV is the investment arm of AirAsia Group overseeing all its non-airline, digital ventures. How has over two decades of finance experience in numerous countries such as China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the US. He was awarded the Best CFO For Investor Relations by Malaysia Investor Relations in 2017. He has experience in various corporate exercises which include the dual listing of a Fortune 500 company with over USD88 billion in assets on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and reporting under various jurisdictions such as the Hong Kong and US GAAP. Prior to joining AirAsia, How headed the Finance Consultancy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malaysia. At PwC, he led various organisational and finance transformation projects in the government sector and logistics and aviation industries, specialising in merger integration and enterprise performance management to assist companies gain better insight into their business. How is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor, as well as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Liong Tien Ling

Capt. Ling Liong Tien is Group Head of Safety of the Company. He oversees the overall safety of all the AirAsia Group of airlines. Apart from the implementation of a comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS), he works very closely with all levels of the airlines to strive for the highest safety and quality standards. After graduating from the Australian Aviation College in Adelaide, Captain Ling started his career with Malaysia Airlines in 1994 as a pilot, flying the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Boeing 737 and Airbus A330. In 2004, he joined Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi as part of the start-up team. In addition to flying the Airbus A330 and A340 for the airline, he was involved in numerous projects, including the training of pilots. Captain Ling joined AirAsia’s widebody operations in 2009 when it was in its infancy. He has held numerous management positions within the company in flight operations, training, safety and quality assurance. During his flying career, Captain Ling acquired a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Building on a passion for safety, he also qualified as an Aviation Accident Investigator certified by Cranfield University, UK, a qualified A330 Type Rating Instructor and Examiner (TRI/E), and a qualified IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Auditor.

Kong Wei Lye

Mr. Lye Kong Wei is Group Head of Data Science of the Company. He oversees the data teams working to improve AirAsia’s operations through the use of data science, artificial intelligence and operations research. Before joining AirAsia, Lye worked at Grab, a ride-sharing, logistics and e-payment company where he was the founding head of regional data science. There, he led five specialised data science teams that helped drive business metrics such as allocation rates, gross merchandise volume, cost reduction and transaction volumes through intelligent and optimised models and algorithms. In 2018, he helped to set up the Grab- National University of Singapore (NUS) AI Lab, the first of its kind for Grab and NUS. Lye also spent six years as a research scientist at A*STAR, Singapore’s national R&D agency, where he researched machine learning, forecasting, scheduling and optimisation. At A*STAR, he was also an officer in the Research Liaison Office that oversaw institutewide policies in research collaboration, publications and publicity, science outreach, manpower development, and intellectual property. At the same time, he was an adjunct assistant professor with the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University. Lye received a First Class Honours degree from Nanyang Technological University, and MS PhD in machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jackson Pek

Mr. Jackson Pek is Chief Legal Officer of the Company. He oversees AirAsia’s corporate and legal affairs worldwide. Prior to joining AirAsia in 2018, he served as Vice President and General Counsel, Asia Pacific for global travel and financial platform company Amadeus, where he was also in charge of the Asia Pacific regional office in Bangkok as Managing Director. Before joining Amadeus in 2006, Pek was a senior attorney at IBM for Asean and South Asia. He also practised law in the US and Asia with global law firms White & Case and Skadden Arps and served on the faculty of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Law School. A frequent speaker at industry events, Pek has presented at international conferences organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Pek holds business and law degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, US and New York University School of Law.

Jagan Persath

Mr. Jagan Persath is Group Head of Security of the Company. He joined AirAsia in May 2007 and is Group Head of Security, responsible for Operations, Compliance and Enforcement Security. He overlooks every aspect of corporate security, ensuring all the airlines within AirAsia Group comply with the legal requirements of their host states. This is achieved through sound corporate policy and standardisation of security practices, timely advice, effective security performance and counter measures to deal with potential threats to the airlines or our contractors. He was appointed as Group Head of Security on 1 January 2010. Prior to joining AirAsia, Persath was with Malaysia Airlines Aviation Security from 1978 until 2006, responsible for operations, enforcement, compliance and standards, investigations, prosecution, audits, station set-ups and conducting security assessments on all routes. He is an ICAO Aviation Security Specialist and global subject matter expert on aviation security. Under his leadership, AirAsia has been licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to conduct AVSEC courses. Our Security Department has also passed all international and national security audits conducted on AirAsia. Persath holds an LLB (Hons) from the UK and is a Barrister with Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Nikunj Shanti

Mr. Nikunj Shanti is Group Head of Product of the Company. He brings a strong mix of retail, product and analytical experience to his role as Chief Product Officer, where he leads efforts to use customer data in ground-breaking ways to deliver significant growth for our business. Prior to joining AirAsia, Shanti was with Emirates Airlines in Dubai working on data projects to help increase conversion, customer experience and integrate data-driven approaches to various operational units. Previously, he worked at Tigerair running the e-commerce and ancillary revenue team. Before Tigerair, he spent seven years at Expedia Inc leading various teams, with his last position being the Head of Analytics and Website Optimisation. Shanti has a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University, US, with dual minors in Economics and Computer Science.

Eng Eng Tan

Ms. Tan Eng Eng is Group Head of Internal Audit of the Company. She is responsible for providing independent and objective assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Group’s overall system of internal controls, risk management and governance, reporting to the Audit Committee and the Group CEO. Tan has 19 years of audit experience in various industries including financial institutions, manufacturing, automotive, construction, property and broadcasting. Prior to joining AirAsia, she led the Astro Group Corporate Assurance’s Regional Operations and Special Projects team from 2008 to 2012. She was appointed as Group Head, Internal Audit on 2 January 2013. Externally, she was recently appointed as a member of the Audit Committee of the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia). Tan has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from the University of Malaya, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, UK. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIAM).

Elias Vafiadis

Mr. Elias Vafiadis is Group Head of AirAsia Software Engineering and Technology of the Company. He oversees the development of airasia.com, the Group’s mobile apps and airline solutions with the relevant teams in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bengaluru. He started his career in Microsoft as an International Project Engineer. He later moved to Expedia in 2010 as a Software Engineer, managing teams and working in their offices in Singapore, Seattle and San Francisco. During his time in Expedia, Vafiadis’ main focus was to work with and help globally distributed teams to streamline their operations and gain efficiencies. He also established services that power Expedia’s Trip Attach business for the post-purchase cross-sell module. His first encounter with AirAsia was to redesign the website for AirAsiaGo, AirAsia’s joint venture with Expedia. This led him to take on a role in Singapore to build a fully-responsive transactional website for AirAsiaGo. Vafiadis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Computer Science from Grinnell College, Iowa, in the US and a Master of Science in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of Hawaii.

Jasmindar Kaur

Yen Hoon Lau

Abdel Aziz Bin Abu Bakar

Dato' Abdel Aziz @ Abdul Aziz Bin Abu Bakar is Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He was appointed a Non- Executive Director of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. He is Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination and Remuneration Committees of the Board of AAGB. In December 2001, Dato’ Aziz together with Datuk Kamarudin, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Pahamin Ab Rajab had acquired a struggling domestic airline AirAsia and, with the help of Conor McCarthy, relaunched it as a pioneer of budget travel in Asia, building AirAsia into the world’s best low-cost carrier. Dato’ Aziz is currently the Executive Chairman of VDSL Technology Sdn Bhd. He served as Chairman of Performance and Artistes Rights Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PRISM), a collection society for performers of recorded music, and the Academy of Malaysian Music Industry Association (PAIMM) for more than 10 years until end 2012 and January 2011, respectively. From 1981 to 1983, he was the 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, a BSc in Agriculture Business from Louisiana State University, US in 1978, and an MBA from the University of Dallas, US in 1980. He is also currently a Director of Yayasan Astro Kasih and an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Pegasus Heights Berhad, a member of its Audit Committee and a member of its Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Mohamed Khadar bin Merican

Dato' Mohamed Khadar bin Merican is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Board and Safety Review Board of AAGB. Dato’ Mohamed Khadar is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He has had more than 40 years of experience in financial and general management. He served as an auditor and a consultant in an international accounting firm before joining a financial services group in 1986. Between 1988 and April 2003, Dato’ Mohamed Khadar held various senior management positions including those of President and Chief Operating Officer in the then Pernas International Holdings Berhad, a company listed on Bursa Malaysia. In 2013, in his capacity as Chairman of RHB Capital, he was named “Chairman of The Year” by the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group at its Asean Corporate Governance Index Awards. Dato’ Mohamed Khadar is also a director of Bonia Corporation Berhad, Iris Corporation Berhad, Sona Petroleum Berhad (in members’ voluntary liquidation) and Rashid Hussain Berhad (in members’ voluntary liquidation) - all public listed companies.

Noor Neelofa Binti Mohd Noor

Noor Neelofa Binti Mohd Noor is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. She was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. She is also a member of the Safety Review Board of AAGB. Neelofa has completed her A Levels. She has been at the helm of NH Prima Sdn Bhd for the last three years as its director. Under her leadership, the brand Naelofar Hijab is sold in more than 23 countries including Brunei, Indonesia, Australia, UAE, UK and Europe. Neelofa has acted in a number of blockbuster movies and hosted popular TV shows. She has also produced her own reality TV show. She has a strong presence on social media with more than six million followers on Instagram. She has received many local and international awards including being listed as Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Class 2017, SME 2017 Celebrity Entrepreneur of The Year, MSMW 2017 Social Media Celebrity of The Year and In Trend Malaysia InTrend Gala Night 2017 Most Charming Celebrity of The Year, The Inspiring Woman Award and The Iconic Role Model Award. Neelofa has been invited to speak at forums and talks, most notably at the 2017 Forbes Asia Summit in Manila, 2017 UNDP-MiSK in New York and 2017 Forbes Summit in Boston. Recognising her achievements, international brands like Lancome, Swarovski and Titan have signed her on as their ambassador.

Stuart Dean

Mr. Stuart L. Dean is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. He is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration and Risk Management Committees of the Board of AAGB. He is also Chairman of the Safety Review Board and an Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Berhad. He served more than 35 years in various GE businesses in the US and Asia, starting in an advanced sales and marketing entry programme in GE Appliances in 1979. He was made Marketing Manager for the Dishwasher business in 1983, then appointed as Specialty Appliance Manager responsible for developing a new line of high-end built-in appliances called the GE Architecture Line. From 1988, he assumed a series of increasingly senior positions in sales, marketing, product general management, services marketing and general management. Dean took on a business development role in Singapore in late 1991 and became President of GE Capital, Southeast Asia, in 1993. Following his assignment in GE Capital, he became President, GE Indonesia in February 1995. In May 2002, he was appointed President and CEO, GE Asean, based in Kuala Lumpur. He retired from GE in April 2015. In addition to serving on the AAGB Board and the Board of AirAsia Berhad, Dean is also on the Advisory Boards of Duke University Trinity College and Harvard Business School Asia. He also serves as Chairman of Junior Achievement Malaysia and the board of Orbis Asia whose aircraft hospitals train ophthalmologists for eye surgeries in developing countries. More recently, he was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of American Asian Medical Group (AAMG) based in Singapore. Dean graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University, US in 1975 with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He obtained an MBA from Harvard University in 1979.

Lee Ee Fam

Dato' Fam Lee Ee is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) on 30 March 2018. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees and Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board of AAGB. He received his BA (Hons) from the University of Malaya in 1986 and LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, UK in 1989. Upon obtaining his Certificate of Legal Practice in 1990, he began practising law and is currently a partner at Messrs Gan & Zul. Dato’ Fam used to sit on the Board of Trustees of Yayasan PEJATI from 1996 to 2007. Since 2001, he has served as a legal advisor to the Chinese Guilds and Association and charitable organisations such as Yayasan SSL Haemodialysis Centre in PJ. Dato’ Fam is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia X Berhad.