Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes

Group CEO, AirAsia

Tony has been the Group CEO of AirAsia since December 2001. Prior to 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 South East Asia.

He had been conferred the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire 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 had conferred on him the award of Officer of the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award that can be conferred on a non-French national. 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.

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Associate Member, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)


Economics, aviation and media industry

Last modified: July 28, 2017

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Liberalism as enlightened capitalism

We cannot have the ‘cowboy capitalism’ that almost brought down the world financial system in 2008, or the abdication of accountability by government institutions. Instead, both the private sector and the government must equally do their parts to create an equitable India to sustain economic growth for generations