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Ethiopian Airlines Group Appoints Mesfin Tasew as New Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines Group has appointed Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele as the carrier’s new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, who has taken early retirement due to health issues.

Ethiopian Airlines Group's New CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele - Courtesy Ethiopian Airlines

On Thursday (March 24, 2022), Ethiopian Airlines Group announced the appointment of Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele as the Group’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mesfin Tasew succeeds long-time company CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam who has taken early retirement due to health issues. Mr. Mesfin brings over 38 years of airline management experience to his new role in areas of aircraft maintenance and engineering, procurement, IT, flight operations, capability development, capacity building, corporate strategy development and corporate leadership.

In Thursday’s announcment, Ethiopian Airlines Group’s Board Chairman, Mr. Girma Wake, said,

“I would like to congratulate Mr. Mesfin on his new appointment and I am fully confident about his capabilities. We believe that Mr. Mesfin will lead the airline to an even greater success, keeping it on the right track that will see it grow through many generations to come. I urge the 17,000 employees of Ethiopian and the board members to stand with the new Group CEO to keep the airline flying high. We are also thankful for the remarkable contributions of the former Group CEO.”

Also commenting on his new role, Ethiopian Airlines Group’s incoming CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, said,

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group which I have been serving for nearly four decades in various positions. My new role gives me the opportunity to carry on with the fast and profitable growth of our beloved airline and take it to the next level. I call on all my colleagues at Ethiopian to join hands and forge ahead for further success.”

Since 2021, Mr. Mesfin has served as CEO of the African carrier Asky, leading the airline with a profitable growth strategy. He also served as Ethiopian Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2021, successfully leading the growth of the carrier’s operations in an efficient and cost effective way, by optimizing processes and developing internal resources. From 2006 through 2010, Mr. Mesfin was Ethiopian’s Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering, and he also served as the airline’s Chief Information Officer from 1998-2006. Mesfin Tasew also held various other positions within Ethiopian Airlines from 1984 through 1998 in areas such as planning and automation, maintenance, and avionics engineering.

Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Open University in the UK, an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in Communications Engineering from Addis Ababa University, and a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. In 1984, he was a gold medal winner as Outstanding Graduate of the Year from Addis Ababa University’s Technology Faculty.

With over 75 years of operations, Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Africa. The carrier commands the largest share of Pan-African passenger and cargo service and operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world. Ethiopian serves over 130 destinations across five continents with a fleet of ultra-modern fuel efficient aircraft including Airbus A350s, Boeing 787-8/9 Dreamliners, Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing 777-200LRs, Boeing 777-200 Freighters and De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s. The airline’s fleet has an average age of seven years and Ethiopian was the first African carrier to operate all of the previously mentioned aircraft types.

Source: Ethiopian Airlines


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