Philippines Air Asia, a unit of Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad, yesterday said it officially appointed Captain Dexter Comendador as president and chief executive officer.
Comendador replaced Joy Caneba as the company’s president and CEO effective Jan. 10, 2017.
“The appointment of Captain Dex as our CEO will earn him another title. He is now the first flying pilot-CEO of an airline company in the Philippines,” said MaanHontiveros, Philippines AirAsia chairperson.
“Captain Dex brings with him a wealth of aviation experience and business knowledge. He is a Filipino hero pilot, a homegrown talent with the extraordinary ability to connect and inspire people and ideas capable of driving change and innovation in the Philippines,” said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO.
Comendador has over 33 years of experience in the aviation industry. He served as combat pilot, flight commander and pilot instructor in the Philippine Air Force for eight years before beginning his professional career as commercial pilot in 1992.
A highly-decorated pilot, Comendador is a cum laude graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and is a recipient of 26 service medals, including two Gold Crosses for bravery and successful combat operations.