CEO of Air Asia X,
Speaking at Hult's Shanghai campus, AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani told an audience of over 300 executives, students and academics how the airline he started with just one plane four years ago is now worth US$600 million – even though experts at the time told him he was crazy.
About Azran Osman-Rani
Azran was appointed CEO of Air Asia X, the world's first truly low-cost long-haul airline, at the age of 36 in July 2007, following a career at satellite broadcaster, Astro; McKinsey & Company; and undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Stanford University. He and his team are responsible for building the foundations of the company, from the first business plan draft to the purchase of aircraft and business launch. Only two years later, AirAsia X was awarded ''Airline of the Year'' by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation's annual Awards for Excellence, whereas Azran was nominated twice for the "CEO of the Year" award by the World Low Cost Airline Congress in London. Today, Air Asia X is recognized for successfully breaking many long-haul airline conventions and pioneering numerous highly innovative services.