New chairperson for AirAsia X board appointed

AirAsia X has appointed YB Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz to chair its board of directors on a non-executive, independent basis, replacing Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Berhad’s deputy group chief executive officer.

“It is an honour and privilege for me to hand over and make way for someone of YB Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz’s stature, and we are confident that under her chairmanship, AirAsia X will continue to grow into a Malaysian Global Champion in aviation,” remarked Dato’ Kamarudin.

AirAsia X says it intends to capitalise on Rafidah’s extensive international expertise, as Malaysia’s longest serving Minister of International Trade & Industry and her skills as a tough, no-nonsense, pragmatic and articulate international trade negotiator who completed many bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, as well as dealing with top-level executives of global multinational corporations to convince them to invest in Malaysia.

Her independent status, the airline says, will also strengthen the company’s corporate governance as it considers an Initial Public Offering (IPO) exercise in the near future.

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