The Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group has appointed Mesfin Tasew Bekele, as Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group, effective March 23.
Mesfin takes over from Tewolde GebreMariam whose early retirement request due to health issues has been approved by the Board.
Mesfin has 38 years of experience in airline management and operations in the areas of aircraft maintenance and engineering and procurement. His other areas of expertise include information technology, flight operations, capability development, capacity building, development of corporate strategies, airline operation management, and corporate leadership.
Girma Wake, the Board Chairman of the airline said, “I would like to congratulate Mr Mesfin on his new appointment and I am fully confident about his capabilities. We believe that he 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. We are also thankful for the remarkable contributions of the former Group CEO,”
Mesfin said, “I am honoured and humbled to be appointed as the CEO 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,” he added.
The new appointee has been serving as a CEO of ASKY Airlines since 2021 and has led the airline with a profitable growth strategy until the time of his new appointment. He also served as the COO of Ethiopian Airlines from 2010 to 2021 and successfully led the operation of the airline in an efficient and cost-effective way by optimizing processes and developing internal resources to cope with the airline’s growth strategy.
He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the 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.