Comendador named Philippines AirAsia president & CEO
Philippines AirAsia officially appointed Captain Dexter Comendador as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 10, 2017.
He has over 33 years of experience in the aviation industry, serving as combat pilot, flight commander and pilot instructor in the Philippine Air Force for eight years before beginning his professional career as a commercial pilot in 1992.
Captain Comendador was a cum laude graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and a recipient of 26 service medals, including two Gold Crosses for bravery and successful combat operations.
In 1994, while serving as flight systems engineering crew of a commercial airline, he managed an inflight bomb explosion, earning him a commendation from then-President Fidel Ramos for bravery.
He opted for early retirement in 2010 while serving as chief pilot for safety and compliance at a local budget airline.
After a short break, he took an overseas job with a foreign airline before joining AirAsia in December, 2011 as Chief Pilot for Operations. A couple of years later, he became Director of Flight Operations and Chief Operating Officer.
He served as interim Chief Executive Officer in July, 2016.
“Captain Dex brings with him a wealth of aviation experience and business knowledge,” remarked AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes. “He is a Filipino hero, a homegrown talent who connects and inspires people.” (EVA)
Philippines AirAsia CEO Captain Dexter Comendador (left) and AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes together at the AirAsia office in Pasay City, Philippines on January 10, 2017.