AirAsia Group appoints Riad Asmat to Board of Advisors

A line-up of parked AirAsia Airbus A320s.
Photo Credit: AirAsia

AirAsia Aviation Group has welcomed a new addition to its Board of Advisors. Riad Asmat, now relinquishes his role as the Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad (AirAsia Malaysia) effective December 31, 2023.

A Leadership Legacy Amidst Challenges

Riad Asmat’s tenure at the helm of AirAsia Malaysia has been marked by strategic vision and profound leadership, particularly in steering the airline through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

His role has not only sustained the airline during these unprecedented times but has also positioned it for a promising future in the post-pandemic landscape.

Riad Asmat MAA CEO. Photo Credit: AirAsia Group

A Strategic Transition


While stepping down from the CEO position, Riad Asmat expresses his pride in working with AirAsia and acknowledges the incredible support from the airline’s dedicated team.

In his words, “This was not an easy decision considering how each and every one truly meant to me as my airline family throughout this very meaningful journey in my life.”

Riad’s commitment to AirAsia remains unwavering as he assumes a new role on the Board of Advisors, ensuring that his valuable insights continue to shape the airline’s trajectory.

Additionally, he will maintain ties with AirAsia Berhad and Ground Team Red, while also providing consultancy services for Capital A Aviation Services.

Acknowledging Leadership Excellence


Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group, extends his deepest appreciation to Riad for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the airline group.

Bo Lingam emphasizes that all operations will continue seamlessly, unaffected by this transition. He expresses confidence in the capable hands of the team and looks forward to the continued journey with Riad’s guidance.

Reflecting on Riad’s Legacy

Riad Asmat’s journey began when he assumed the role of AirAsia Berhad CEO on January 10, 2018, where he played a pivotal role in overseeing the company’s Malaysia-based operations.

His legacy is a testament to his dedication and impact on the airline’s growth and resilience.

As the aviation landscape evolves, AirAsia promises additional updates on the company’s restructuring and personnel changes within the group.

This transition signifies a new chapter for AirAsia, guided by the wealth of experience that Riad Asmat brings to the Board of Advisors.

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Riad Asmat has stepped down from his role as CEO of AirAsia Berhad (AirAsia Malaysia) to take up a position on the Board of Advisors.
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