Aireen Omar has been named as the new executive director and CEO of its Malaysian operations effective from July 1.

The 38 year old Aireen now joins ranks with other AirAsia’s affiliates namely Tassapon Bijleveld of Thai AirAsia, Captain Dharmadi of AirAsia Indonesia, Marianne Hontiveros of AirAsia Philippines and Kazuyuki Iwakata of AirAsia Japan. It is understood all will be reporting directly to co-founder and group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes

Aireen’s appointment means that Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun will be redesignated from group CEO and deputy group CEO and president of group finance, treasury, corporate finance and legal, respectively, to non-executive directors of AirAsia Bhd effective June 30.

Both Fernandes and Kamarudin will be based in Jakarta, where the airline has set up a regional base called AirAsia Asean.