AirAsia CEO awarded CBE at Buckingham Palace

April 1st, 2011 - 4:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.1 (ANI): AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award from Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace.

Fernandes received the CBE for his services in promoting commercial and educational links between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

He attended the ceremony accompanied by his daughter Stephanie, aunt Mani Osbourne, and family friend Nina Hunt, calling it a surreal moment.

Fernandes said: ” I am extremely humbled to receive this award today. I thank Her Majesty The Queen for bestowing such an honour upon me.”

” More than a personal honour, it will serve as a catalyst to further enhance relations between the UK and Malaysia, particularly in the areas of business, culture and education,” he added.

Ferbandes (46), who is also the founder of the Tune Group and the Team Lotus principal, said it was nice to be recognized outside the country as it showed the potential of a small nation like Malaysia, the Star reports.

The CBE award is given to those who have a high-profile role in regional affairs and have made a distinguished contribution in their area of activity.

It is limited to 8960 Commanders at any one time, which include chairs or chief executives of significant companies who play a significant role in their industry, leaders or chief executives of large local authorities and those involved with major voluntary organizations. (ANI)

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