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Capital A to tap telecom stalwart as AirAsia chairman: source

Former head of Malaysia's Axiata to help steer carrier out of COVID troubles

Capital A is seen turning to Malaysian business veteran Jamaludin Ibrahim for a key AirAsia post as international travel is expected to increase. (Source photos by AP and P Prem Kumar)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Capital A, formerly known as AirAsia Group, is expected to name former telecom industry stalwart Jamaludin Ibrahim the new chairman of its airline arm, a source close to the matter told Nikkei Asia.

The appointment, part of an organizational reform aimed at pushing new growth by tapping a business veteran to lead a new board structure, is seen as a move by AirAsia to strengthen its core aviation business as governments discuss the reopening of international travel in the Asia-Pacific region.

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