New CEO Plans to take Ethiopian Airlines “to the next level”

ADDIS ABABA – New CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines Group Mesfin Tasew said he is honerd to take top position at the national flag carrier, vowing to take the airlines to ‘the next level’.

The Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group appointed Mesfin as Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group, as of Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

He succeeded former CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, whose early retirement request due to health issues was approved by the board on the same day.

-“Honored & Humbled”-

After accepting his appointment, Mesfin has expressed his delight about his new role at the Airlines which he has served for nearly four decades.

“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,” said the Electrical Engineer.

Mesfin has 38 years of experience management and operations in the areas of aircraft maintenance and engineering, procurement, information technology, flight operations,  airline operation management, and corporate leadership at the airlines.

He has been a key player responsible for planning and execution of strategies that led the airline to shine in the African skies and beyond, said the airlines.

– ‘Eyes More Success’ –

Airlines officials say he has led ASKY with a profitable growth strategy until the time of his new appointment.

“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,” the new CEO said. “I call on all my colleagues at Ethiopian to join hands and forge ahead for further success.”

His predecessor Tewolde has retired early due to medical reasons after more than a decade- long remarkable success at the Ethiopian Airlines.

His successes include leading the airlines to grow from one Billion US Dollars annual turn-over to $4.5 Billion, from 33 airplanes to 130 airplanes and from 3 million passengers to 12 million passengers (pre-Covid).

The airline group has also managed to build $700 million worth of vital infrastructure like Africa’s biggest hotel, Cargo terminal, MRO hangars and shops, Aviation Academy and Full Flight Simulators.

‘Stand with the new CEO’

“We are thankful for the remarkable contributions of the former Group CEO,” said Girma Wake, Board Chairman of the Airline,

He also said the board has full confidence in the new CEO’s capability to keep Ethiopian airlines flying high.

““I would like to congratulate Mr Mesfin on his new appointment and I am fully confident about his capabilities,” Girma said.

“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,” the Chairperson said.

“I urge the 17,000 employees of Ethiopian and the board members to stand with the new Group CEO to keep the airline fly high.”

Mesfin’s previous positions

Mesfin joined Ethiopian airlines soon after his graduation from Addis Ababa University with BSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 1984. He was a gold medal award winner of AAU’s Faculty of Technology as an Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

Mesfin landed his first job at Avionics Engineer and Supervisor Avionics Engineering Group of the airlines where he worked until 1994.

In 1995, he became a Manager of Planning and Automation, Maintenance and Engineering Division of the Group and served there for about three years.

He also served as Chief Information Officer from 1998 to 2006; as a vice President of Maintenance and Engineering from 2006 –2010.

From 2010 to 2021, he has served the airlines as a Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines and successfully led the operation of the airline in an efficient and cost effective way by optimizing processes and developing internal resources to cope up with the airlines growth Strategy.

In mid 2021, Mesfin was appointed as chief executive officer of ASKY Airlines, a strategic partner of Ethiopian Airlines, and has served the West African airlines until his latest assignment at the Ethiopian airlines.

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