Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes CBE (Male), Malaysian, aged 53, was appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 18 July 2006 and is one of the Company's cofounders.
Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes studied at Epsom College and the London School of Economics in Britain, and qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991 and Fellow Member in 1996. An accountant by training, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes began his career in Richard Branson's Virgin Group before returning to Malaysia and becoming Warner Music Group's Vice President for Southeast Asia in 1999 and entering the airline business as CEO of AirAsia in 2001.
Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, awarded by the French Government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. In 1999, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes received the title of Setia Mahkota Selangor by the Sultan of Selangor for his contributions to the Malaysian music industry. He was then awarded the title Dato' by the Sultan of Negeri Sembilan and Pahang, Dato' Seri by the Sultan of Perak and Tan Sri from a former Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
In 2010, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia – the first person from Malaysia and Asean to receive the honour – for democratising air travel and transforming AirAsia into a successful global brand, aside from being awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize in Tokyo and the Masterclass Global CEO of the Year at the 2nd Malaysia Business Leadership Award (MBLA). Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was named CEO of the Year at the Annual Budgies World Low Cost Airline Award held in London and CNBC Travel Business Leader, held in Singapore in 2011. In the following year, he was honoured with the Best CEO for IR – Mid Cap award by the Malaysia Investor Relations Association Berhad (MIRA), named as one of Malaysia's Outstanding CEOs by the Edge Billion Ringgit Club (BRC); and announced as GQ India's International Businessman of the Year 2012.
Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was named a Malaysia Brand Ambassador by Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2013. In 2013, he went on to win Corporate Governance Asia's Best CEO for Malaysia Award. He was named Airline Industry Leader of the Year at the 4th Aviation 100 Award, and Brand Builder of the Year at the 2014 World Branding Awards.
TIME Magazine included Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes in the 2015 TIME 100 list, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world which included Chinese President Xi Jinping, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and hip-hop artist Kanye West. In February 2016, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was recognised by the US-Asean Business Council with the Fourth Pillar Award for his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of Asean, the second recipient of the award after the Administration of US President Barack Obama. In October 2016, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes was named Airline Chief Executive Officer of the Year by the influential aviation consultancy CAPA Centre for Aviation for successfully steering AirAsia to increased profitability. Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes also won the 2016 EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. The accolade is awarded to Asean entrepreneurs who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, global or community impact, innovation and personal integrity or influence.
He is a Non-Independent Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad and a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Tune Protect Group Berhad.