Air Asia Berhad
Tony Fernandes graduated from Epsom College, UK, and the London School of Economics and has been AirAsia’s Group CEO since December 2001. Before 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 SEA. His awards include the 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 conferred upon him the Officier of the Legion d'Honneur award and in 2013, the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur for outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. 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. He was also honoured with the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award at the CNBC 12th Asia Business Leaders Awards. He also won the ‘Airline Industry Leader of the Year’ award at the 4th annual Aviation 100 Awards in January 2014, for pushing the boundaries of the aviation industry. Apart from that, he was also named ‘Brand Builder of the Year’ at the 2014 World Branding Awards for his outstanding work in building the low-cost airline’s brand.
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