About Us / Senior Management
YBhg. Datuk Seri Haji Saripuddin Hj Kasim – Executive Chairman
YBhg. Datuk Seri Haji Saripuddin Hj Kasim is MAVCOM’s new Executive Chairman and was appointed on 4 May 2020. He was first appointed as Commissioner of MAVCOM on 1 March 2016, while serving in his capacity as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport. He had also served as the Director-General of Legal Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Department, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Human Resources. Prior to his retirement from the Malaysian Civil Service in November 2019, he served as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Federal Territories. YBhg. Datuk Seri Haji Saripuddin holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Malaya, Advanced Diploma in Public Management from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and a Masters of Business Administration (Corporate Finance) from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Azmir Zain – Chief Operating Officer
Azmir leads MAVCOM’s management team in its industry development and regulatory effort pursuant to his role as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining MAVCOM, he was a Director of Investments at Khazanah Nasional Berhad where he oversaw their investments in the aviation sector. Azmir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
Germal Singh Khera – Director, Aviation Development
Germal leads the Aviation Development team in MAVCOM. His time in the aviation industry includes 34 years with Malaysia Airlines, with his last position as the Senior Vice President of International and Government Affairs. Germal joined AirAsia Bhd. in 2014 as Head of Regulatory and Airport Relations. Germal has also served on a range of aviation committees and agency boards, including as a committee member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) / Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Aeropolitical Committees, Oneworld Management Committee and the Chairman of the Board of Airline Representatives in Malaysia. He holds a Bachelors of Arts (Economics) from the University of Malaya and a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of London.
Pushpalatha Subramaniam – Director, Consumer Affairs
As MAVCOM’s Director of Consumer Affairs, Pushpa manages the resolution mechanism for consumer complaints and directs initiatives related to raising awareness amongst consumers of their rights in the aviation services sector. Pushpa has more than 25 years of experience in the airline industry with deep expertise in managing consumer affairs. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President in charge of consumer affairs in Malaysia Airlines and later Head of Customer Experience with Standard Chartered Bank in Malaysia. Pushpa holds a Bachelor Degree in Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. She also spent 5 years on the Board of the Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association (WACRA).
Wizan Wan Nawang – Director, Finance and Corporate Services
Wizan heads the Finance and Corporate Services Department, overseeing MAVCOM’s financial operations and corporate service functions inclusive of human resource management. Prior to joining MAVCOM, Wizan was formally the Finance & Control, Business Excellence and Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) Manager in Nestlé Products Sdn Bhd, where he was responsible for sustaining and aligning Nestlé’s NCE strategy and initiatives within its Finance and Control Division. Wizan was attached with Nestlé for over 20 years, providing his financial and managerial expertise in Internal Audit and Ice Cream and Chilled Business Units.
He was subsequently transferred to the Philippines, where he managed Financial Services for Nestlé’s Zone Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East at Nestlé Business Services AOA, Manila, for over four years. Wizan holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Murdoch University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Computing from the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.
Dr. Wan Khatina Nawawi – Director, Economics
Khatina joins the MAVCOM team as the Director of Economics. Previously the Director of Research at the Khazanah Research Institute, Khatina has a strong background in research and economics and has held various notable senior positions, being a former Economic Advisor to the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC), a Director of Research and Investment Strategy at Khazanah Nasional Bhd. and a Senior Regional Economist at the National Economic Action Council (NEAC) of the Prime Minister’s Department.
She was also a Regional Economist at SG Research, part of the Societe Generale Banking Group. Khatina graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Asian Economies and Economics History from the University of Melbourne, possesses an MBA specialising in Strategy and Public Sector Management from Melbourne Business School; an MPA from Harvard University; MA in Economics for Competition Law and PhD in Competition Law from King’s College London.