Dendy Kurniawan joined AirAsia as the Chief Finance Officer of AirAsia X Indonesia in May 2014.
He was promoted to AirAsia X Indonesia CEO in December 2014 and took Indonesia’s first long-haul low-cost airline to its first flight to Taipei in January 2015.
In September 2016, Dendy was appointed as AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia operations to oversee the growth and development of both AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia X Indonesia. In addition to his responsibilities as Group CEO for Indonesia, Dendy also serves as the CEO of AirAsia Indonesia.
Dendy is a Fulbright scholar, granted to pursue a Master of Arts in International & Development Economics at Yale University, USA, following a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia. While at university, he contributed analytical essays to several major Indonesian publications on the subjects of economics and finance.
Dendy’s professional life started at the age of 23, when he was appointed as a project manager for one of Indonesia’s state-owned trading banks, and took part in Indonesia’s Economic Recovery Acceleration task force team as a monitoring expert. In 2000, he was entrusted to be the Chief of Staff of the Special Advisory Team to Indonesia's Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs before serving as Expert Staff in the Special Advisory Team to the Indonesian Minister of Finance in 2001.
He moved to the private sector with the appointment as a Commissioner of PT Indomobil Sukses International, a major Japanese automobile brand dealer in Indonesia. He was subsequently offered the post of President Director at PT Indokapital Securities, and then Managing Director of Infinite Capital, and Chairman of Quant Capital Management. In 2009, the Indonesian Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises appointed him as Finance Director at state-owned energy company PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero), which he helped to turn around before joining AirAsia.