Navigating Turbulence and Clear Skies, with Malaysia Airlines’ High-flying CEO

March 25, 2011

A well-known and popular choice of both national and international travelers, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) continues to soar despite intense competition and volatile operating costs in the aviation industry.


INTI‘s Business Leadership Series was proud to host Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin, the managing director and CEO of MAS, as its first guest speaker for 2011. A packed lecture theatre at INTI International University provided more than 200 students and faculty the exclusive opportunity to listen and interact with him when he spoke on the opportunities and challenges in managing an international airline. The event was also streamed live to five other INTI institutions in the country, with an audience totaling over 500 students and staff members.


Bearing a charming smile and a down-to-earth demeanour, Tengku Azmil was part of the well-known management team which steered the airline’s business back on track. He talked about the effectiveness of that plan as well as ongoing initiatives which firmly position MAS as a world-class airline.


“Transforming MAS into a world-class carrier involves more than just changing the hardware which includes refreshing our fleet and putting the right infrastructure and processes in place. It involves transforming people too.”

  Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin says transforming MAS involves transforming people too.

“We aim to make MAS one of the best places to work in Malaysia. To do this, we have to make sure that we are recognized for our service. We must also grow as a leader and ensure we are competitive in terms of employee benefits. These are the things that we are doing to move people,” he said.


The BLS serves as a platform for INTI’s 14,000 strong student community to engage with the industry in addition to having real time dialogues and debates on topical issues. Graham Doxey, CEO of Laureate Malaysia and Deputy CEO of INTI said: “Students who have attended our Business Leadership Series last year would have met, heard from and been instructed by the top minds and thought leaders in the country and region. We have a commitment to our students to set them apart from their peers and we believe we can do so by giving them access to these captains of industry.”


Doxey added that the series was part of INTI‘s initiative to bring industry into the classroom under its Enrolment to Employment (E2E) programme and help shape students into becoming highly employable upon graduation. In addition to speakers from the industry, adjunct professors from across the Laureate network also make regular visits to INTI campuses whereby students can expect to have world-renowned names as part of their faculty.


Students of INTI benefit not only from its 25 years of experience and strong track record, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate International Universities provides. INTI is part of Laureate, the world’s largest private education network with a presence in 25 countries, with more than 55 accredited universities and 130 campuses, serving more than 600,000 students globally.


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