Tony Fernandes graduated from Epsom College, London School of Economics and 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. Promoted to Managing Director, Warner Music Malaysia in 1992 and to Regional Managing Director, Warner Music South East Asia in 1996. In 1999, he was the Vice President of Warner Music South East Asia.
His awards include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for services to promote commercial and educational links between the UK and Malaysia. In 2010, he received the Officer of the Legion d'Honneur award from the French government in 2010, followed by the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur again in 2013, which is the highest award that can be conferred on a non-French national for his extensive contribution towards the French & European aviation & automotive industry.
He was named as one of the world's 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 in 2011. In 2013, Tony was named ‘Innovator of the Year’ by CNBC’s Asian Business leaders Award (ABLA).