Ethiopian-Airlines Executive profile

Meet the Winning Team

Mr. Mesfin Tasew Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mesfin Tasew

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mesfin Tasew was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines in March 2022. He joined Ethiopian in 1984 as Associate Engineer and progressed through the ladder and served in supervisorial and managerial positions in the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering areas. In 1997 and 1999, he was appointed as Director Operations & Technical Systems Support and Chief Information Officer, respectively. In 2006, he was appointed as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering.

Mr. Mesfin also served as Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines from 2010 – 2021, and Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines from 2021 – 2022.

He holds BSC and MSC Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. He also holds Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Open University in the UK.


Retta Melaku Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Retta Melaku

Chief Operating Officer

 

Mr. Retta Melaku joined Ethiopian in 1994 as a Junior Aircraft Technician after graduating from Ethiopian Aviation Academy. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Manager Customer Support, Manager Technical Coordination, Manager Technical Coordination and HR Services, Director Component Maintenance, Director Engine Maintenance, Director MRO Sales and Marketing, Managing Director Ethiopian MRO Services and Acting Chief Operating Officer.

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as Chief Operating Officer as of April 2022.

He is a graduate of Ethiopian Aviation Academy in Avionics Maintenance; holds master’s degree in Business Administration from the Open University of London (UK) and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Addis Ababa University.


Mr. Meseret Bitew Chief Financial OfficerMr. 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. Ato Lemma Yadecha Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Lemma Yadecha

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Lemma joined Ethiopian on September 06, 1999 as Marketing Agent. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Lead Central Reservation Control Agent, Supervisor Central Reservation Control and Revenue Management, Area Manager Burkina Faso, Malaysia and France. In December 2017, Mr. Lemma was appointed as Director Global Call Center, and A/Managing Director Ethiopian International Services since September 01, 2019.

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as Chief Commercial Officer as of April 2022.

He holds BSC Degree in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Technology, MSC in Geotechnical Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Technology and MSC Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from University of Mississippi.


Mr. Getinet Tadesse

Group Chief Information Officer

Mr. Getinet Tadesse Joined Ethiopian as a Jr. Programmer on January 18, 2000. He has served Ethiopian as Manager Systems & Operation, Dir. Operation & Support, Dir Corporate Systems, Head Group IT Services Operation and Acting Group Chief Information Officer.

Currently, he is serving as Group Chief Information Officer as of April 2022.

He is a Graduate of BSC Degree in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University & MBA from Open University (UK).


Mr. Abel Alemu 

A/Managing Director for Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services

Ato Abel Alemu joined Ethiopian on Dec 10, 2007 as Assistant Marketing Officer and has served the organization at different positions including Sales Representative, Sr. Sales Representative, Supervisor Horticulture Export Reservations, Manager Cargo Sales - Addis Ababa , Cargo Manager - Gulf and Regional Manager - Southern Africa.

He is currently serving as A/Managing Director for Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services since November , 2021.

Mr Abel earned B.A Degree in Economics from University of Gondar , M.A in Marketing Management from Addis Ababa University & M.Sc. in Integrated Marketing Management(IMC) from the University of Mississippi.

Mr Mesfin Biru

 Mr. Mesfin Biru

MD Ethiopian International Services

Mr. Mesfin joined Ethiopian on July 3, 1995 and served the Airlines in various positions including Jr. Marketing Agent, Jr. Space Control Agent, Sr. Space Control Agent, Lead Space Control Agent, Supervisor Space Control, Manager Distribution, Area Manager Hong Kong, Area Manager Canada, Dir. Commercial Planning, Dir. Global Corporate Sales, Mgr. Global Call Center Quality Assurance, Mgr. Passenger Charter Lease, Acting Mgr. Customer Services Ticket Office, CEO of Guinea airlines (In Guinea), CEO of Ceiba Intercontinental airlines (in equatorial Guinea), Acting Dir. Group Integrated Marketing & Communication, Mgr. QMS and SMS- Global Contact Center, Acting Dir. Global Customer Interaction Center.

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as MD Ethiopian International Services as of April 2022.

Mr. Mesfin is a graduate with BSC Degree in Chemistry from Addis Ababa University.

Mr. Mesfin is married and a father of two children.


Mr. Nigusu Worku A/ MD Ethiopian International Services.

 

Hailemelekot Mamo (Mr.)

VP ET Holiday, Digital Sales and GCIC

Ato Hailemelekot joined Ethiopian on October 14, 1992 as Jr. Marketing Agent and served the Airlines in various positions including Manager Customer Loyalty, Area Manager Saudi Arabia, Director for Service Quality Management, Director for Customer Loyalty and CRM, A/V.P Marketing, MD ET Regional Services, CEO Malawian Airlines, Director for International Airport Services, and Director Ground Handling & Customer Experience.

Currently he is serving Ethiopian as Vice President ETHIOPIAN-Holiday, Digital Sales and Global Customer Interaction Center (GCIC) as of April 2022.

Ato Hailemelekot holds a Diploma in Accounting from AAU Commercial College, BA degree in Management and Master Of Business Administration degree from Addis Ababa University.

Ato Hailemelekot is married and a father of three children.


 

Mrs. Rahel Assefa VP MarketingMrs. 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.

 W/ro Zenebework G/Tsadik

Acting Group VP HRM

W/ro Zenebework joined Ethiopian on January 22, 1996 and served the Airlines in various positions including Sr. Accountant, Analyst, Analyst — Compensation, Sr. Analyst Compensation, Sup. Compensation, Mgr. Compensation & Suggestion, Mgr. compensation, Mgr. Reward & Retention, Dir. Personnel Admin, Mgr. HR & Finance — EAA, Mgr. HR & Finance — Ground Services, Mgr. Employee Reward & Time Management, Dir. Personnel Administration, and Secondment Mgr. HR & Finance Tchadia Airlines on secondment bases.

Currently, she is serving Ethiopian as Acting Group VP HRM as of April 2022.

W/ro Zenebework holds BA Degree in Accounting from Asmara University, MBA degree in Business Administration from Addis Ababa University, and MBA in Executive Business Administration from Open University.

W/ro Zenebework is married and a Mother of two daughters.


Mr.Mesay Shiferaw MD Ethiopian Aviation Academy

Mr.Mesay Shiferaw

MD Ethiopian Aviation Academy

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, VP HRM and

He is currently serving as Managing Director Ethiopian Aviation Academy as of February 2021.

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

 


Mengistu BezieMr.Mengistu Bezie

VP Internal Audit, QMS, SMS, Compliance and Business Sustainability

 

Mr. Mengistu joined Ethiopian in October 1995 as a college trainee. He has served the company in different capacities including Internal Auditor, Senior Internal Auditor, Senior Collection Control Officer, Department Manager Cost Accounting, Manager Corporate Audit, Director Internal Audit, Mgr. HR & Finance-Tchadia Air (on secondment), Director Finance & Strategic Planning-Ceiba Intercontinental (on Secondment), and Acting VP Internal Audit, QMS, SMS, Compliance and Business Sustainability.

Currently, he is serving as VP Internal Audit, QMS, SMS, Compliance and Business Sustainability as of April 2022.

He earned his B.A. and BSc Degrees in Accounting and Information Systems from Addis Ababa University and, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certificate from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), USA.

 


Mr. Michael Yared VP Customer Service

Mr. Michael Yared

VP Customer Service

Mr. Michael Yared joined Ethiopian as Jr. Customer Service Agent in ADD HUB Division in 1996. He has been serving the airline in various managerial streams including Sup. Passenger Services, Manager Cargo Sales and Cargo Traffic, Station Manager Dubai, Area Manager Ghana, and Area Manager UK and Ireland.

Currently, he is serving as VP Customer Service as of February 2018.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the highly acclaimed Australian Institute of Business.


Capt. Yohannes HaileMariam VP Flight Operations
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.


Mr. Busera Awel VP Strategic Planning and AlliancesMr. Busera Awel

VP Strategic Planning and Alliances

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 as Chief Commercial Officer. In March 2019, he was assigned as VP Strategic Planning and Alliances, the position he currently holds.

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


Mr. Genanaw Assefa VP Legal Counsel & Corporate SecretariatMr. 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. Eskinder Alemu

CEO Ethiopian Airports

Mr. Eskinder Alemu joined Ethiopian on 14 October 1992 as a Jr. Marketing Agent in the Marketing Division and progressed through the ladder and has held a number of leadership positions including Area Manager Domestic Ethiopia, Area Manager Mozambique, Area Manager Congo Brazzaville, Manager Customer Relations, Director Ground Operations, A/VP Customer Services, MD Ground Services, Commercial Director Malawi Airlines, Head Group CEO Office and A/CEO Ethiopian Airports.

Currently, he is serving as CEO Ethiopian Airports as of April 2022.

Mr. Eskinder holds BSC Degree in Physics from Addis Ababa University and Diploma from Ethiopian Airlines School of Marketing and Finance. He is married and a father of two daughters.

Mr. Kidus Melkamu

Managing Director ET-MRO Services

Mr. Kidus Melkamu joined Ethiopian on December 1, 2005 as Junior A/C Technician and he has served the Airline in different capacities including, A/C Technician, Sr. A/C Technician I, Lead A/C Technician, Mgr. Turboprop & Light A/C, Dir. Line Maintenance, Dir. Maintenance & Engineering-ASKY Airlines and Acting Managing Director ET-MRO Services.

Currently, he is serving as Managing Director ET-MRO Services as of April 2022.

He is a graduate from Aviation Maintenance Technicians School of Ethiopian Aviation Academy, and he is also a graduate of MBA from The Open University of UK.

Mr. Tadele Barega

MD Ethiopian Ground Services

Mr. Tadele Barega joined Ethiopian on July 03,1995 as a Transportation Agent and served the Airline in various positions including Supervisor Domestic Services, Supervisor Arrival & Transfer, Manager Airport Services Guangzhou, Manager Arrival & Transfer, Manager Operations Support, A/Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services, Area Manager Cote d’Ivoire, Area Manager Greece & Cyprus and A/Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services.

He is currently serving as Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services as of April 2022. 

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