KUCHING: AirAsia co-founder, AirAsia Group Bhd executive chairman and AirAsia X Group chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, garnered the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th Global Leadership Awards held in Kuala Lumpur.
The coveted award was conferred on Datuk Kamarudin for his remarkable career, deep dedication in spearheading corporate and community development and his continued efforts in steering AirAsia to greater heights.
The award was presented to Datuk Kamarudin by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman together with The Leaders International Magazine CEO Shahul Hameed Dawood and American Leadership Development Association (ALDA) founder Arthur Carmazzi.
Kamarudin said, “Alhamdullilah, thanks to Allah the Almighty for the continuous blessings. I’m honoured and humbled to receive this accolade and would like to thank everyone, especially my family for their support and AirAsia Allstars, who have worked hard to build AirAsia into what it is today.
“When we first started the airline, we had no experience but we dared to dream. From two planes, we have grown to a fleet size of over 200, with half a billion guests flown to more than 130 destinations across Asia Pacific.
“This award is a testament that no dream is too big and there is no impossible feat – Insyallah give your best and let Him do the rest.”
The awardees were selected based on past achievements and performance in 2016 and 2017 by a panel of high-profile judges, including American Leadership Development Association (ALDA) founder, Federation of GCC Chambers (FGCCC) Secretary General Abdulrahim Hasan Naqi, Global Entrepreneurship Thailand chairman Steven Cheah and others.
Organised by The Leaders International, a corporate magazine based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and endorsed by the American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), an NGO which highlights leadership at its best, the award recognises outstanding individuals and global personalities who have outshined others in their respective fields of trade, commerce and community services.
The Global Leadership Awards 2018 is all about achievers and accomplishments. The Region’s most impactful event, the Global Leadership Awards is back once again this year for the eighth time.
As in the past, the event is expected to convene and showcase the highest levels of Global Leaders representing the diplomatic, business, government, philanthropic, media, celebrity, and social sectors.