Head of people

Airline competition in Southeast Asia is particularly fierce, and AirAsia has been a disruptor in the market. Yeoh Sai Yew joined AirAsia Group in 2010, and in 2015 he took on the leadership role in the company’s people department. Yeoh finds the fast-paced environment in aviation both exciting and challenging as it demands quick thinking and extreme efficiency. One of his focuses as HR leader is managing cultural diversity, with employees from various ethnic backgrounds needing to work together as one. Another concern is learning to work with millennials, as they now make up the majority of the talent pool and are on the lookout for continuous growth and learning opportunities. In response, Yeoh and his team have put succession planning in place to ensure retention and engagement.