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Izham bin Ismail is an Executive Director of Malaysia Airlines Berhad. He currently holds the position of Group Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Aviation Group and Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines Berhad. He has 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, having started his career with Malaysia Airlines as a pilot in 1979.
Appointed to a management position just 10 years after joining Malaysia Airlines, Izham moved up the ranks over the years and has held various management positions such as Executive Vice President of Flight Operations, Director of Operations and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Malaysia Airlines. Izham also served as CEO of MASwings, Malaysia Airlines’ sister company in Sabah and Sarawak, between July and November 2016.
Apart from his extensive aviation experience, Izham has also served as a Board member of Hamilton Sunstrand Malaysia and GE Engine Services Malaysia. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Aviation Council and Board member of Tourism Malaysia.
As a pilot, Izham broke world aviation records when he flew Malaysia Airlines’ first Boeing 777-200 eastward from Seattle to Kuala Lumpur and back. The flight set new world records for longest flight and fastest round-the-world flight by a commercial airliner, with a total flight time of 41 hours 59 minutes over a distance of 23,310 miles.
Hui Yee was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad in charge of effective risk management and strategic financial planning of the Malaysia Aviation Group of companies in May 2018. She holds a professional accounting qualification (ACCA) with more than 25 years’ experience across the various disciplines in finance.
She has been with Malaysia Airlines for over 13 years, holding various positions in the Finance department. This included successfully implementing various systems and improvement initiatives. She spent 1 year as one of the Track Leads in the MAS Restructuring Office, leading and supporting the MAS transition to the new airline. Prior to her promotion to GCFO, she led the Planning and Performance Management department in Malaysia Airlines overseeing the group’s planning, tax planning & compliance, management reporting and statutory reporting.
Prior to joining Malaysia Airlines, Hui Yee was with Vsource Ltd, a BPO company, as a Senior Solution Manager. She also spent 14 years in Singapore, working in various accounting and finance roles in various industries.
Ahmad Luqman was appointed Group Chief Operations Officer (GCOO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad overseeing Operations and Engineering for the Malaysia Aviation Group of companies in February 2018. He is an internally grown talent who started his career with Malaysia Airlines as a management trainee over 20 years ago.
Prior to his appointment as GCOO, Luqman was CEO of MAB Kargo, the cargo subsidiary of MAG, a role he held since Sept 2015.
Under his tenure, MAB Kargo saw an 18% growth in business volume through freighter network realignment and strategic partnerships. Luqman led a transformation programme for MAB Kargo that further strengthened the financial performance, air cargo service delivery and retaining its position as the leading air cargo carrier in Malaysia. MAB Kargo also embarked on a digital transformation journey under Luqman’s leadership to capitalize on the growth of e-Commerce business in the region.
Luqman holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. He also completed the Business Leader Development Programme from the University of Oxford in 2016. He excels in data analytical skills, strategy formation and implementation and is a team leader with strong sense of ownership.
Bryan Foong was appointed Group Chief Strategy Officer (GCSO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad overseeing corporate strategy, network and fleet planning for the Malaysia Aviation Group.
A senior corporate leader experienced in strategy and corporate planning, Bryan is no stranger to the field having undertaken similar roles in several companies before, most recently under Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels. While there, Bryan was responsible for corporate and strategic planning, project conceptualisation and investment feasibility studies, asset performance management, and strategic partnerships. He also served a prior stint in Malaysia Airlines between 2007 to 2012, where he last held the position as Head of Strategy.
Bryan holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Cranfield University School of Management, UK and Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He started his career in Proton before moving to Mitsubishi Motors Japan, Ernst & Young, and Sunway Group.
Dato’ Khalis was appointed the Group Chief Human Capital Officer (GCHCO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad overseeing the human capital management of the Malaysia Aviation Group of companies in January 2018.
He has extensive exposure in human capital management, having served in several multinational companies and a large GLC for over 27 years in the field of human resource management across different industries. Dato’ Khalis has been involved in various disciplines of the profession, from organisational development and change management to performance management, industrial relations, HR reengineering as well as talent development. Prior to joining Malaysia Airlines, Dato’ Khalis was the Chief Human Capital Officer of Telekom Malaysia Berhad.
Dato’ Khalis received the Contribution to HR Community Award at the Asia HRD Congress in 2008. He was awarded Chief Human Resource Officer of the Year and the HR Leadership Award at the 21st Global HR Excellence Awards in February 2013. He was also given the recognition of being included in the 100 Most Influential Global HR Professionals at the World HRD Congress in February 2017.
He holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Canberra, Australia and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Applied Psychology from Coventry University, in the United Kingdom. Dato' Khalis is a Certified Advance Human Resource Professional (CAHRP) from the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management and is a Certified Business and Executive Coach from the University of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education (UMCCed). He is also an alumnus of IMD, Switzerland.
Lau Yin May was appointed the Group Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer (GCMCEO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad overseeing this newly streamlined division in the Malaysia Aviation Group of companies in April 2019.
Yin May joined Malaysia Airlines in May 2018 as Head of Customer Experience bringing with her more than 17 years of leadership and management expertise in business strategy, management consulting, commercial, marketing communications and operations in diversified industries.
Yin May is no stranger to the Group having joined the airline in 2004, focusing on project management and turnaround initiatives. She was also part of the pioneer team that setup the new airline, Firefly, and also oversaw the setup the airline’s travel arm, Firefly Holidays.
An accountant by education, Yin May holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business, majoring in Accounting, from Monash University. She started her career as a management consultant with Accenture, focusing in Financial Services with key projects that included Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Process Reengineering and Corporate Restructuring. She has also held portfolios in the advertising, marketing and communications field with GroupM, and few other industries to include hospitality, education, property development and retail before joining Malaysia Airlines.
Mohd Nadziruddin was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of AeroDarat Services Sdn Bhd, the ground handling arm of Malaysia Aviation Group, in September 2015.
Nadzir brings with him over 20 years of experience in airline operations, investment and finance. In his new position, Nadzir will focus on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of ground handling services provided to our new airline’s passengers and aircraft, as well as to third party airlines.
Nadzir has been with the airline since late 2013 where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer until being appointed to lead the Restructuring Management Office as Chief Restructuring Officer in late 2014. Prior to this, Nadzir had also served the airline for 6 years as General Manager, Project Management and Assurance (2001-2004) and Senior General Manager, Airport Operations (2005-2007).
Between 2007-2013, Nadzir was at Khazanah, holding various portfolios including as its Chief Financial Officer (2007-2010) and as Managing Director of Khazanah’s subsidiary, Destination Resorts and Hotels (2011-2013).
Nadzir holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He started his career in Arthur Andersen, later known as Ernst & Young.
Nasaruddin was appointed the COO of MASwings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), in November 2020.
No stranger to the MH family, Nasaruddin started his career with Malaysia Airlines and brings with him more than 27 years of experience in the aviation industry. He has since undertaken various management portfolio including Human Factors Manager in the Flight Operations department, Chief Flying Instructor and Head of Training in MAB Academy.
Before his latest appointment, Nasaruddin played an instrumental role in the Transformation Management Office as General Manager to lead the MAG Business Process Management and MAG Sustainability as Project Director.
Apart from his aviation flying experience, Nasaruddin has also served as the Co-Chairman of Asia and Australasia Human Factors Safety Info, and Innovation Garage Director together with Khazanah Nasional and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
Mark Jason Thomas (Jason) has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of MAB Kargo, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), effective June 2022. He previously served as Chief Commercial Officer of MAB Kargo since 2018.
Jason holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management and possesses more than 20 years of experience in sales and operations of the logistics industry; where he held several key positions in local and multinational logistic companies. On the cargo airline front, he has strong business acumen encompassing revenue management, freighter operations, network planning and ground handling.
His career in the logistics industry rose from rank and file as an Operations Executive with Bax Global (M) Sdn Bhd in 1999. Prior to his last appointment before joining MAB Kargo, Jason served as the Commercial Director of Raya Airways. Throughout his career, he has developed a good network among other industry players globally and has been able to motivate his team in delivering customer needs as well as stakeholder expectations. He has been responsible in developing and implementing sales strategies as well as meeting set expectations and revenue target.
Kamarudin was appointed CEO of MAB Academy, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), in October 2017.
Kamarudin is responsible for leading the development and implementation of all learning and development programmes, positioning the Academy as a leading place of learning for the regional aviation industry.
Kamarudin brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to his role with his extensive flying, instructing, and strategic management expertise. He started his career with Malaysia Airlines 40 years ago as a pilot and has held various leadership positions such as Chief Pilot-Training, Senior Vice President Flight Operations - Quality, Technical and Training, Head of Flight Operations and Head of Training, School of Flight Operations, Malaysia Airlines Academy.
As a key figure in MAB Academy since 2016, Kamarudin has played a significant role in bringing both a positive and proactive approach to managing training and development. The MAB Academy, under the leadership of Kamarudin, will continue to focus on improving and enhancing employee development and growth as the Group moves towards becoming a more robust and sustainable organisation.
Philip was appointed CEO of Firefly, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), in January 2019.
Prior to that Philip was formerly the Head of Strategy and Network for Malaysia Airlines. He joined the airline in 2015 from consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he was an associate. He is however, no stranger to the Group having previously served in the Turnaround Management Office (TMO), back in 2004. Under TMO he was responsible for implementing the Business Turnaround Plan and consequently the Business Transformation Plan. Philip left the airline in 2010 and rejoined Malaysia Airlines in 2015 as a Network Planner.
Before joining Malaysia Airlines in 2004, Philip was with Deutsche Bank as a Financial Analyst in the London office, looking at equity and mergers and acquisition (M&A) markets in the Asia Pacific region. He was also a consultant with Arthur D. Little, before joining the airline.
Philip holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng) from Imperial College London, UK. With his experience across the different disciplines within finance, strategy and network both in Malaysia and abroad, Philip understands the complexities of the business and will bring to Firefly a wide breadth of knowledge.
Najmi was appointed the COO of AMAL by Malaysia Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), in March 2021.
Najmi, a Certified Practising Accountant (ASCPA), has held various responsibilities and management roles since he joined Malaysia Airlines in 2004. He carries in-depth experience in many strategic projects from Business Turnaround Plan, new company setup including Hijrah Biru Sdn Bhd (“AMAL by Malaysia Airlines”), financial assessment on aircraft purchases and route rationalization to systems implementation.
Prior to his latest appointment, Najmi was the Head of Group Finance Business Partners and Corporate Planning for the Group. He has also served AMAL as Chief Financial Officer from 2017 to 2019.