PHILIPPINES AirAsia Inc. announced that Captain Dexter Comendador has been named interim chief executive officer effective July 30.
He replaces Joy Cañeba, who resigned after three years in the company.
Captain Comendador has over 34 years of experience in the aviation industry as officer of Philippine Air Force and commercial pilot for various airlines. He joined Philippines AirAsia in 2011 as director of flight operations and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2015.
Philippines AirAsia chair Maan Hontiveros said, “The board would like to thank Joy for her significant contribution to AirAsia. It was under her dynamic leadership that we successfully integrated and merged two airline companies in the Philippines, leading to the launching of Philippines AirAsia. We understand and fully support her decision to leave and wish her all the best in her legal career.”
Hontiveros added, “We are pleased that Captain Dexter has agreed to step into the interim CEO role and we are excited about the important change and strategic direction that we are committed to bring for our guests and travelers here and abroad. We remain focused on driving solid growth with emphasis on quality and innovation.”
The airline has recently expanded its network in China with the addition of Manila – Shanghai route last June 10. (PR)