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AirAsia rejigs top managers as it seeks non-airline growth

Budget carrier restructuring to create a single holding company

Outgoing AirAsia Malaysia CEO Aireen Omar, left, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, second from left, and Omar's sucessor Riad Asmat, second from right. (Photo by Ying Xian Wong)

KUALA LUMPUR -- AirAsia announced Wednesday leadership changes, as the budget carrier with the biggest fleet in the region seeks growth from non-airline businesses and digital operations.

Aireen Omar, the current chief executive of the carrier's Malaysian operations will be promoted to deputy group CEO overseeing digital, transformation and corporate services. The new position, effective Jan. 10, will see the 44-year-old drive the group's non-airline units, including online payment BigPay, duty-free shopping and in-flight catering Santan.

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