Aireen resigns as AirAsia director, Neelofa joins board

Aireen Omar remains as the chief executive officer of the low-cost carrier.

KUALA LUMPUR: Aireen Omar has relinquished her board position as an director of AirAsia but she will remain as the chief executive officer of the low-cost carrier.

It announced on Friday her resignation takes effect on the same day.

“Despite relinquishing the board position, Aireen will retain her current executive position and is one of the principal officers of AirAsia,” it said.

AirAsia explained it continues to enhance its governance by instituting several changes including that of its board composition. 

“The latest change will see the majority of the board being represented by independent, non-executive directors and also the diversity in professional background and work experience of its members,” it said.

Meanwhile, AirAsia announced that actress and TV host Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor has been appointed independent director.

It said Neelofa has been at the helm of NH Prima Sdn Bhd for the last three years as its director. 

Under her leadership, the brand Naelofar Hijab is sold in more than 23 countries including Brunei, Indonesia, Australia, UAE, United Kingdom and Europe.

It also said Neelofa, as an actress and TV host, had acted in a number of blockbuster movies and hosted popular TV shows. 

“She had also produced her own reality TV show. Neelofa has a strong presence on social media with more than five million followers on Instagram,” it added.

AirAsia also announced that Tharumalingam a/l Kanagalingam has resigned as a non-independent director.

“Despite relinquishing the board position, Tharumalingam will retain his current executive position and is one of the principal officers of AirAsia,” it said.

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