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Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam is a titan of the aviation industry. As Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines he presides over the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa. He began his career in the cargo traffic handling department at the company when he joined thirty years ago and rose up the ranks through overseas management, Marketing and Sales to Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as CEO.

Mr. Tewolde is on the board of many of the major Ethiopian state-owned enterprises, he leads Pan-African aviation initiatives and sits, with UN Secretary-General on the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. His airline won 20 awards in 2015 and is recognized as one of the most dependable airlines in the world. His sense of corporate responsibility to society and the environment is impeccable. As part of EA’s CSR programme, the airline is working with Greener Ethiopia to repopulate the country with trees.

Along with the plethora of awards Ethiopian has won, Mr. Tewolde himself has won African CEO of the Year, Best African Business Leader, The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership the 2015 International Grand Prix Special Award in Milan and the Most Gender Focused CEO Award 2015 by the Leading Women of Africa group.
He earned his B.A. Degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Open University in the United Kingdom.


Mr. Mesfin Tasew
Mr. Mesfin Tasew

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Mesfin joined Ethiopian in 1984 as Associate Engineer and progressed through the ladder and served in supervisorial and managerial positions in the technical areas. In 1997 and 1999 he was appointed as Director Operations & Technical Systems Support and Chief Information Officers respectively. In 2006, he was assigned as Vice President Maintenance and Engineering.

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as Chief Operating Officer since Nov. 01, 2010.
He holds BSC and MSC degree in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. He also holds MSc. degree of Master of Business Administration from the Open University of UK.


Mr. Busera Awel
Mr. Busera Awel

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Busera joined Ethiopian in 1985 as a Space Control Agent and progressed through the ladder and has held a number of senior leadership positions including Director of Marketing and Sales Operations, Area Offices and Vice President of Commercial.

On Sep. 2009, Mr. Busera was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines, Ethiopian second hub in Lome’ (Togo). On Sept. 2013, he was assigned Chief Commercial Officer, the position he currently holds.

He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a B.A. Degree in Economics.


Mr. Genanaw Assefa
Mr. Genanaw Assefa

VP Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretariat

Mr. Genanaw began his career with Ethiopian in 2008 as Assistant General counsel position and progressed through the ladder to become VP Legal Counsel& Corporate Secretariat in September 2014.

He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a Bachelor of Laws. He earned his Master of Laws from Peking University.


Mr. Wassu Zelelew
Mr. Wassu Zelelew

VP Internal Audit & Compliance

Mr. Wassu joined Ethiopian in 1978 as an accounting clerk in Finance and then promoted as junior Accountant. In 1982, he was promoted as an internal auditor in the Internal Audit Department and progressed through the ladder and has held a number of different managerial positions including; Senior Internal Auditor, Senior Analyst Management Audit, Mgr. Performance Audit, Mgr. Internal audit, Dir. Corp. & Operation audit until he was appointed to work as Dir. Cost Saving in 2009. Currently he is serving Ethiopian as Vice President Internal Audit and Compliance since Nov. 1, 2011.

He holds a BA Degree in Management from Washington International University. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner & member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners & member of Institute of Internal Auditors Association.


Mr. Girma Shiferaw
Mr. Girma Shiferaw

A/VP Strategic Planning and Alliances

Mr. Girma joined Ethiopian as Jr. Aircraft Technician after he graduated from Ethiopian Aviation Academy in 1981. He has been serving in various positions including aircraft maintenance, marketing, network planning, corporate strategy planning, department head commercial planning and country manager in Senegal and in Nigeria for six years and as Director Alliances & Network Planning. Currently, he is serving Ethiopian Airlines as A/VP Strategic Planning & Alliances.

He is a holder of a BA degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University and MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University in the UK.


Mr. Solomon Debebe
Mr. Solomon Debebe

MD Ethiopian Aviation Academy

Mr. Solomon joined Ethiopian in 1979 as a Junior Aircraft Mechanic after graduating from Ethiopian Aviation Academy. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Manager Market Research & Analysis, Area Manager – Uganda, Scandinavia, Kenya & Seychelles, and South Korea – Director Service Quality Management, and VP Customer Services.

Currently he is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Aviation Academy since July 26, 2016.

He holds BA degree in Management and Public Administration from Addis Ababa University.


Mr. Yinnesu Fekadeneh
Mr. Yinnesu Fekadeneh

VP Customer Services

Mr. Yinesu joined Ethiopian in 1995 as Marketing Clerk and held different positions in various divisions of the Airline; such as Sales & Services, and Marketing & Operations.

Currently he is serving Ethiopian as VP Customer Services.

He has M.Sc. degree in Air Transport Management from London City University of United Kingdom.


Mr. Fitsum Abady
Mr. Fitsum Abady

MD Ethiopian Cargo Services

Mr. Fitsum Abadi began his career with Ethiopian in 1995 as Transportation Agent and has held a number of leadership positions in a number of divisions in the Airline including; Ethiopian Cargo, Area Offices and Sales and Marketing.

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Cargo Services since January 01, 2014.

He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a BSC Degree in Biology. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the ITM University in India.


Mr. Meseret Bitew
Mr. Meseret Bitew

A/Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Meseret joined Ethiopian as Senior Accountant in the Finance Division in 1986. He has been serving the airline in various managerial streams including Supervisor at Disbursement, Supervisor at General Accounting, Manager General Accounting, Director Financial Accounting, Director Management Accounting, Vice President Finance and as Acting Chief Financial Officer the position he is holding currently since August 2015.

He has also served as Director Finance and Strategic Planning for ASKY Airlines.

 He holds a BA Degree in Accounting from Asmara University and Master of Business Administration from London Open University.


Mr. Wasihun Asres
Mr. Wasihun Asres

A/VP Corporate HRM

Mr. Wasihun Asres joined Ethiopian as Manager Labor Relations on Sept. 05, 2007 and served the Airline in various managerial positions. He was appointed as Head of Industrial Relations on Nov.01, 2008; promoted to Director CEO Office as of Oct. 10, 2013 and Head of Group CEO Office & Corporate Communications on September 19, 2015 and then promoted to act as Vice President Corporate HRM as of April 11, 2016, the position he is currently acting on.

He is a holder of degree in Bachelor of Laws ( LL.B) from Addis Ababa University in year 2000 and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA with Open University since Nov. 2015.


Mr. Laeke Tadesse
Mr. Laeke Tadesse

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Laeke Taddese has begun his career with Ethiopian in 1999 as Jr. Application Analyst and has served a number of positions as Senior Application Analyst, Mrg Galileo System Support, Head Galileo Ethiopia and Dir. Commercial Systems & Galileo. He became Chief Information Officer in Sept. 2015.

He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a B.Sc. Degree in Mathematics


Mr. Esayas WoldeMariam
Mr. Esayas WoldeMariam

MD Ethiopian International Services

Mr. Esayas joined Ethiopian on July 1991 as Transit Agent in Marketing Division. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Manager Space Control & Yield Country Manager Greece, Nigeria and Germany.

On Nov. 2010, Mr. Esayas was also appointed as Vice President of Ethiopian Cargo to head all the cargo operation. On Jan. 2012, he was appointed as SVP Global Sales. Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian International Services since Oct.01, 2013. He holds BSc Degree in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University.

He also earned degree of Master of Business administration from open University of UK.


Mr. Hailemelekot Mamo
Mr. Hailemelekot Mamo

MD Ethiopian Express & Ancillary Services

Mr. Hailemelekot joined Ethiopian in 1992 as a Space Control Agent and progressed through the ladder and has held a number of senior leadership positions including Country Manager, Director Customer Service Quality Management, Director Customer Loyalty Program and A/Vice President of Marketing.

Currently he is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Regional Services since Oct. 01, 2013.

Mr. Hailemelekot graduated from Addis Ababa University with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Public Administration.


Mrs. Rahel Assefa
Mrs. Rahel Assefa

VP Marketing

Mrs. Rahel Assefa joined Ethiopian Airlines in 1988 as a college trainee in the sales department after graduating from the Addis Ababa University in Management & Public Administration.

She worked in various Managerial positions within the Airline such as Sales, Commercial Planning, Revenue Management, as Regional representative (U.K) and currently she is serving Ethiopian as Vice President Marketing the position she is holding currently since Oct. 2013.

In Feb. 2015, she was named among the Worlds’ 30 most Compelling Women in Travel by the U.S based Premier Travel Magazine.


Mr. Tadele Barega
Mr. Tadele Barega

A/MD Ethiopian Ground Services

Mr. Tadele joined Ethiopian on July 1995 as Transportation Agent in Marketing Division. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Supervisor Passenger Services, Supervisor Arrival and Transfer, Supervisor Baggage Services, Manager Airport Services Guangzhou, China and Manager Operations Support.

On January 2016, Mr. Tadele was appointed as A/ Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services.

He holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from Addis Ababa University College of Commerce.


Mr. Zemene Nega
Mr. Zemene Nega

MD Ethiopian MRO Services

Mr. Zemene joined Ethiopian as an associate engineer in 1982 in Technical Services. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Supervisor Power Plant Engineering, Manager Power plant O’haul, Division Manager Engine Maintenance and Director Technical sales & Market Development. Currently he is serving as Managing Director Ethiopian MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Services of Ethiopian since Oct. 2010.

He is a holder of BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.


Capt. Yohannes HaileMariam
Capt. Yohannes HaileMariam

VP Flight Operations

Capt. Yohannes joined Ethiopian as a pilot after he has graduated from Ethiopian Aviation Academy in 1984. He has been serving in various positions including chief pilot on 767/757 in 2004, manager training and standard in 2005, Director flying and training in 2007 and air crew program manager in 2010. Currently he is serving as VP Flight Operations since May 2015.

He is a holder of a Diploma from Pilot Training School, diploma from Addis Ababa University and 2nd year complete in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.



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