Tony Fernandes Honoured with CBE by Queen Elizabeth II

Tony Fernandes has today received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, during a ceremony in London. The award was handed to the AirAsia boss for “services to promote commercial and educational links" between the UK and Malaysia.”

In addition to being team principal for Team Lotus in the Formula 1 championship, the Malaysian entrepreneur is also the CEO of well-known low-cost airline company AirAsia, as well as owner of Malaysian-based conglomerate Tune Group.

I am extremely humbled to have received this award today and I would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for bestowing such an honour upon me. More than a personal honour, it will serve as a catalyst to further enhance relations between the UK and Malaysia, particularly in the areas of business, culture and education,” said Tony Fernandes CBE in a statement for the press.

I receive this award today not on my behalf, but on behalf of all the incredible people I work with, wherever they may be around the world. It is their dedication, passion, enthusiasm and hard work that drives me on every single day and it is also my great honour to have the privilege of working with them.

The CBE offered to Fernandes comes after the Team Lotus boss was last year presented with the Officier of the Legion d’honneur title by the French government for his outstanding contributions to the aviation industry. At the end of last year, he was also recognized as the “Asia Businessman of the Year 2010”.
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