Portraits: Aireen Omar

Get to know the lighter side of AirAsia’s Deputy Group CEO (Digital, Transformation and Corporate Services).
Friday 13 September 2019
She's a force to be reckoned with. Photo: AirAsia

The Deputy Group CEO of AirAsia has been spearheading (or should we say, lightsabering) the way for AirAsia’s digital ventures and boosting collaborations across the airline’s many businesses. Since joining AirAsia in 2006 as Director of Corporate Finance, Aireen Omar has helped shape the airline into one of the most influential businesses in Southeast Asia and a recognisable brand on the world stage.

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I never give up! I relentlessly find ways to do things. Whatever task I am given, I will give it my 110% and see how else I can do better than what I did before.

And what traits do you dislike the most about yourself?

I find it difficult to stick to a diet plan.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to have that talent to be an amazing storyteller. Being able to tell a meaningful story in any form in whatever I do, even with coding in crafting a digital solution. Telling a good story humanises everything that you do. It touches the hearts and souls of people around you.

What would you say is your greatest achievement?

I’d say staying true to myself. I’m not really bothered by my surroundings and what people think about me. I just do what needs to be done and always be me.

On what occasions do you think it’s excusable to lie?

Never!

If you could invite any three people, living or dead to a party, who would you invite?

I’d love to invite Michael Jackson, Jason Momoa, and R2D2.

What’s your greatest indulgence?

Everybody knows I’m a foodie. Whenever I travel, I always look forward to tasting the local food. Indian food has always been one of my favourites. I just fall in love with the rich aroma of curries and different varieties of flavourful chutneys and the South Indian coffee!

What’s the biggest misconception you often hear about yourself?

People always think that I am very soft-spoken and gentle but I can be quite the opposite most of the time.

How do you define success?

Real success is when you can remain grounded, stay true to your identity, and maintain your relationships with family and friends even when you’re surrounded by your achievements and monetary wealth.

What is your greatest regret?

I wish I had brought my late mother to travel and see the world more. I wish I had covered half the world with her.

Who are your favourite fictional characters?

Tony Stark, Iron Man, and Chewbacca.

Best way to travel?

Definitely travel light and travel like a local. That way, you get to experience and learn more about the place, the people, and their culture and of course, on AirAsia.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Maldives! I always feel so peaceful and relaxed whenever I’m there.

Word association:

Fly – AirAsia

CEO – Tony Fernandes

Money – Not everything

Success – Humble

Happiness – Food

Passion – Travel

AirAsia – Travel tech company

Love – Family

Work – Team

UNRESERVED – Me

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