Tharumalingam Kanagalingam, better known as Bo Lingam, is the Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group Limited. Bo joined AirAsia in 2001 as a Ground Operations Manager, responsible for the implementation of the low-cost concept in operations and procurement. Since then, he has held several key positions including Purchasing and Supplies Senior Manager, Regional Guest Services Director, and President & Group Chief Operating Officer, where he supervised AirAsia's operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, drove process improvement and set up new airlines in the region for the Group.
Prior to joining AirAsia, and upon completing his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, he worked extensively in the publication and music industry at various production houses, including as Production Controller at EMI Music Malaysia as well as Operations Manager and Promotions Manager at Warner Music Malaysia.
As Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group Limited, Bo leads AirAsia's airline businesses, overseeing the four airlines in the Group (AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia Thailand, and AirAsia Indonesia).
He completed his Bachelor of Accounting from the Faculty of Economics, University
of Indonesia, and graduated with a Master of Accountancy and Ph.D in
Accountancy from Weatherhead School of Case Management Western Reserve
University (CWRU), Cleveland, USA.
Experienced as Senior Auditor of the Financial and Development Supervisory
Agency (BPKP); VP Finance & Administration Pertamina Energy Services in
Singapore; Subsequently became Chief Financial Officer at PT Elnusa Tbk.;
President Director of PT Tugu Pratama Indonesia (General Insurance); Chief
Executive Officer of PT Jardine Lloyd Thompson Indonesia (JLTI); President Director
of PT Asuransi Jiwa Tugu Mandiri.
Currently serves as Independent Commissioner and Head of Audit Committee of
PT Asuransi Jiwa IFG; Head of Consultancy & Advisory ISEA-Indonesia Senior
Executives Association. He is currently also active as a lecturer at the Master of
Accounting FEBUI and Adjunct Faculty at GlobalNxt University Kuala Lumpur.
His specialization is in the field of BOD & Management coach & mentor and Coach
& client mentoring on issues of corporate transformation & restructuring; GRC &
GCG risk management; problem solving & decision making; various financial
matters and provide professional recommendations on
people-process-execution; investment opportunity, products and services.
Indonesian citizen, 48 years old. He completed his education
in Law from the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Jakarta.
More than 20 years of experience in the field of Corporate
Legal in several companies in Indonesia. Currently as
Director at PT Fersindo Nusaperkasa previously as Director at
PT Graphic Media and Head of Corporate Legal at PT
Gajendra Adhi Sakti.
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