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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 ET’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 Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Open University in the United Kingdom.


Mr. Tekle G/Yohannes
Mr. Tekle G/Yohannes
MD Ethiopian Ground Services

Mr. Tekle G/Yohannes began his career at Ethiopian in 1995 as Transportation Agent and has held a number of leadership positions in a number of divisions including: Addis Ababa AirportEthiopian Cargo,  Aviation Academy as Chief Instructor, Area/Field Offices(Belgium and UK). In June 2013, Mr. Tekle appointed as Director Addis Ababa Hub and transferred to Region Office as Director Europe and Americain July 2016. Since July 2017, he has been assigned as A/MD Ethiopian Ground Services. 

As of October 2017, he is serving as Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services,the position he is currently holding.   

Mr. Tekle graduated from Addis Ababa University with a B.A. Degree in Economics and Marketing Management and he has his Masters Degree in Economic Development and Good Governance from the university of Paris and CERIS in Belgium. He is also studying Executive MBA from open university in UK.


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


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 she is currently serving Ethiopian as Vice President Marketing the position she is holding since October 2013.

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


Mr. Zelalem Tsehaye
Mr. Zelalem Tsehaye
MD Ethiopian MRO Services

Mr. Zelalem Tsehaye joined Ethiopian in 1998  as a Junior Aircraft Technician after graduating from Ethiopian Aviation Academy. He has been serving in various managerial positions

including Supervisor Line Maintenance, Technical Manager ROME Station, Manager B757/B737 Scheduled Maintenance, Director Aircraft Base Maintenance and A/MD ET MRO SVCS.

He is certified on the B787/B777/B767/B757/B737/F-50 aircrafts. Currently he is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services.

He is a graduate of the Ethiopian  Aviation Academy in Aircraft Maintenance; and he holds a Masters Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Addis Ababa University. Mr. Zelalem is pursuing Masters of Business Administration at the Open University of London(UK).


Mr. Esayas WoldeMariam
Mr. Esayas WoldeMariam

MD Ethiopian International Services

Mr. Esayas joined Ethiopian in 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.

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

He also earned Degree of Master of Business Administration from UK Open University.


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, Mgr. Galileo System Support, Head Galileo Ethiopia and Dir. Commercial Systems & Galileo. He became Chief Information Officer in September 2015.

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


Mr.Mesay Shiferaw
Mr.Mesay Shiferaw

VP Corporate HRM

Mr. Mesay Shiferaw joined Ethiopian on April 10, 1995 as Transportation Agent and served the Airline in various positions including Customer Relations Officer, Supervisor Departure Control, Manager Airport Services Nairobi, Manager Airport Services Washington, Manager Ground Handling & Procedures, Director Recruitment & Placement, Director HR Development, Area Manager Japan, Head Group CEO Office & Corporate Communications, and A/VP HRM.

He is currently serving as VP Corporate HRM as of October 2017.

He holds BSC in Physics and BA Degree in Economics from A.A.U.


Mr. Meseret Bitew
Mr. Meseret Bitew

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. Currently, he is serving as Chief Financial Officer as of October 2017. 

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. 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 and Logistics 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 Indian ITM 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. 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. Henok Teferra
Mr. Henok Teferra

VP Strategic Planning and Alliances 

Mr. Henok Teferra joined Ethiopian Airlines as Director of Corporate Communications and International Affairs in 2010. He previously served in government at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs including as Advisor to the Minister, and in the private sector in France.

He has been working in Executive Management positions at Ethiopian Airlines since 2013. He was Vice-President of Corporate Strategy, Communications and Alliances before been appointed and seconded in May 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines, Ethiopian strategic partner carrier in West and Central Africa based in Lomé (Togo).

As of October 2017, he has assumed the position of Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Alliances, overseeing the airline’s strategy and equity partnerships; strategic assets comprising of fleet and facility planning; network and business development; bilateral, government and industry affairs; alliances and international cooperation; public relation; ET-Holidays, the airline’s in-house tourism program and packages; Ethiopian owned hotel; and the aerospace manufacturing project office.

Mr Henok holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Private International Law from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and the Institute of Law for Peace and Development in France, and a Master’s Degree in International Economic Law from Sorbonne University Paris 1, France, where he was also Ph.D. candidate in International Law.


Mr. Kassim Geresu
Mr. Kassim Geresu

VP Internal Audit & Compliance 

Mr. Kassim joined Ethiopian in 1988 as a college trainee and has been assigned as a senior accountant in Finance Division. He worked and progressed through the ladder of managerial and director positions within Finance and has held a number of senior leadership positions of Finance, IT and Strategic Planning divisions.

He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of ET’s sister Company; Malawi Airlines, for three years.

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as Vice President Internal Audit & Compliance since 16th of October 2017.

He earned his B.A. Degree in Accounting from Asmara University and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Open University of UK.

 


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. 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.

In September 2009, Mr. Busera was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines, Ethiopian second hub in Lome’ (Togo). In September 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. 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 November 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.



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