Tony Fernandes awarded ‘Best CEO for Malaysia’ at the 2nd Asian Excellence Recognition Awards!
SEPANG, 4 April 2012 – AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was honoured with the ‘Best CEO for Malaysia’ award—for two years in a row–at the recent 2nd Asian Excellence Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia, held in Hong Kong.
The award recognizes his achievement in being a revolutionary force in the aviation industry. He is often acknowledged for his influential actions for directly shaping the way the aviation industry has evolved.
Under Fernandes’ leadership, AirAsia has grown into a world-class and innovative brand with its revolutionary low fares, premium products and high quality services.
Besides Fernandes’ personal award, AirAsia also bagged two other awards at the ceremony. AirAsia was named—for two years in succession—as the winner for ‘Best Investor Relations Company for Malaysia’ and ‘Best Investor Relations Officer for Malaysia’.
AirAsia Manager of Investor Relations, Benyamin Ismail represented the airline in receiving the awards. Benyamin Ismail himself was awarded the ‘Best Investor Relations Officer for Malaysia’, a second for him since the award was introduced.
AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “It’s truly an honour for us to be recognized, for two consecutive years, as the Malaysia’s finest at the awards. 2012 is indeed a great year for us, with multiple awards in the bag and most significantly, the launch of AirAsia Philippines’ maiden flights recently to Davao and Kalibo. We are also looking forward to the launch of our operations of AirAsia Japan which will be our first step into the lucrative North Asia market, in line with our vision to expand throughout greater Asia.
“In just 10 years, AirAsia soared as a leader in the aviation industry with various outstanding efforts which buttresses our position as a major player in the aviation industry, with the largest fleet in the region and of course, with an impressive market capitalization of RM9.42 billion. Our affiliates in Indonesia and Thailand have also posted strong financial performances, as they gear up for their respective IPOs this year. We look forward to more positive progress this year for AirAsia as a group, to keep us relevant and attractive to investors.”
The Asian Excellence Recognition Awards recognizes excellence in investor communications, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, environmental practices and financial performances. Recognitions are awarded based on interviews conducted with investors. The recognition award is part of Corporate Governance Asia’s mission to enhance corporate governance practices throughout Asia.
The ‘Best Investor Relations Company for Malaysia’ award from Corporate Governance Asia is the third award won by AirAsia this year.
In January, the airline won the inaugural ‘Value Airline of the Year for 2012’ at Penton Media’s Air Transport World® (ATW), the leading monthly magazine covering the global airline industry. Following that, in February, AirAsia was crowned Asiamoney’s ‘Best Managed Company in Malaysia (Medium Cap) Award 2011’.