Getting to know: AirAsia’s Intan Shahira Mohammed Shahru

Intan Shahira Mohammed Shahru is the Head of People (Aviation) for Capital A, the investment company behind Malaysia’s famous low-cost airline AirAsia.  In this final part of her interview with Chief of Staff Asia, we delve into some of the personal traits that she has held fast to throughout her more than 15-years in HR.

Job title: Head of People (Aviation)

Company: Capital A (AirAsia)

Time in the company: Five years 

Based in: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Family status: Married, with three children 

Academic background: Bachelor of Commerce (with a double major in Law and Management), University of Wollongong

Corporate background: 10 years as a Management Consultant with KornFerry, and six years as Director of Strategic Human Capital at the Central Bank of Malaysia 

Favourite authors: Jim Collins, Simon Sinek, and Colleen Hoover 

Favourite performers: Akiniko, David Goggins, and Usher 

Favourite book: The Hard Things about Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz

Leadership philosophy: You do you! You are your version of yourself, and not a copy of someone else. 

“Go-to” leadership quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence” – Sheryl Sandberg, former Chief Operating Officer of Meta Platforms.


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