Mr Benyamin Ismail

Benyamin Ismail was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective 1 September 2015 after assuming the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer on 30 January 2015.

Benyamin, who joined AirAsia Berhad in March 2010 as the Head of Investor Relation,brought with him 8 years of experience in the Investment Banking line focusing on Debt Capital Markets. Investor Relations (IR) was the brainchild of AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar, and it was Aireen, who recruited him to spearhead the new IR unit. His role as the head of Investor Relations required wide knowledge and understanding of the company, and Benyamin was answerable to Group CEO, Group Deputy CEO, CEO and CFO. On top of his main role at Investor Relations, he also assisted the Corporate Finance and Fuel Procurement unit.

Benyamin played a critical role in AirAsia’s growth to be one of the most attractive companies on the Bursa Stock Exchange in Malaysia in terms of transparency, investor returns and Corporate Governance. He successfully guided AirAsia as one of the most covered stocks by domestic and international broking house totalling up to 30 at one time.

Consequently, AirAsia was duly awarded the Best Investor Relation Company and Best CEO four years in row by Corporate Governance Asia. Benyamin also clinched the ‘Best Investor Relation Professional’ award four consecutive times. He also received an award of Best IR Professional in 2011 & 2012 awarded by Bursa’s Malaysian Investor Relation Association.

Benyamin brought with him wide knowledge of the all industry areas as it was covered under his portfolio at each Financial Institution. Before joining AirAsia, he worked for three years in CIMB Investment Bank in Kuala Lumpur focusing on Debt Capital Markets.

He successfully completed the transactions of Cerah Sama Sdn Bhd – RM600 million Islamic Medium Term Notes Programme; DESB Marine Services Sdn Bhd – RM120 million Islamic Commercial Paper/Islamic Medium Term Note Programme; DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd – RM700 million Commercial Papers/Medium Term Notes Programme; Gamuda Berhad – RM100 million Islamic Commercial Paper and RM800 million Medium Term Notes Programme; Tadamum Services Berhad (Islamic Development Bank) – Trust Certificate Issuance Programme of RM1.0 billion; Government of Malaysia – RM2 billion Redeemable bonds facility; Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd – RM3 billion Islamic Commercial Paper/Islamic Medium Term Notes Programme; Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd – RM3.5 Billion Conventional Commercial Paper/Medium Term Notes or Islamic Commercial Paper/Islamic Medium Term Notes; Malaysian Debt Ventures Berhad – RM1.5 billion Government Guaranteed Islamic Medium Term Notes Programme; and Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad – RM500 million Islamic Commercial Papers/Medium Term Notes Programme.

Prior to CIMB, he also worked at Maybank Investment Bank and Affin Investment Bank doing Debt Capital Market as well.

Benyamin holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Banking & Finance) from Curtin University of Technology.