|Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun|
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|Executive Chairman, AirAsia Berhad
Group CEO, AirAsia X Berhad
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director for Tune Ins Holdings Berhad
|Latest Biography:||Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun is the co-founder of AirAsia Group. Together with his business partner and long-time friend, Tony Fernandes, they acquired and relaunched the struggling AirAsia in December 2001.
Even with no prior airline experience, the dynamic duo transformed AirAsia from a two-aircraft start-up into one of the fastest-growing and most successful low cost airlines in the world. Datuk Kamarudin’s vast experience in the financial industry and his leadership in setting the business direction was fundamental in paving the way for the AirAsia group.
On 6 November 2013, Datuk Kamarudin was appointed as the Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad, where he takes the lead in engaging with the government, aviation regulators and airport authorities in Malaysia.
He is also the Chairman of the Employee Share Option Scheme Committee of the Board. Before his designation as Executive Chairman, he was the Deputy Group CEO for AirAsia Group.
He was appointed as the Group CEO of AirAsia X Berhad effective 30th January 2015, and in this role, Datuk Kamarudin will spearhead developing the overarching strategy for the AirAsia X Group, which encompasses AirAsia X Berhad, AirAsia X Thailand and Indonesia AirAsia Extra.
Prior to joining AirAsia, 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 the joint venture partner of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which was later renamed Intrinsic Capital Management Sdn. Bhd.
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun received a Diploma in Actuarial Science from University Technology MARA (UiTM) and was named the ‘Best Actuarial Student’ by the Life Insurance Institute of Malaysia in 1983. He received a B.Sc. degree with Distinction (Magna Cum Laude) majoring in Finance in 1986, and an MBA in 1987 from Central Michigan University.
Datuk Kamarudin received the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title Datuk, from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 21 November 2013.