Meet the Winning Team
Group Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines in January 2011. He began his career at Ethiopian in 1985 as Transportation Agent and has held a number of senior leadership positions in different divisions in the Airline including; Ethiopian Cargo, Area Offices and Sales & Marketing.
Mr. Tewolde also serves as a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport with United Nations, Chief Executive Board member of Star Alliance, Board member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlink Advisory Council. Additionally, he is an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), a member of Board of Directors of Africa Travel Association (ATA) and Board of Directors of Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO).
In his role as CEO, Mr. Tewolde has been a multi award winner including ‘African CEO of the Year’, ‘Best African Business Leader’, ‘The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership’ and ‘The Most Gender Focused CEO Award’.
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. He has received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa from Addis Ababa University on 13 July 2019.
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.
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.
A/ Chief Commercial Officer
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. In October 2013, he was appointed as Managing Director Ethiopian International Services. Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as A/ Chief Commercial Officer. He holds BSc. Degree in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University. He also earned Degree of Master of Business Administration from UK Open University.
A/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. He is serving as acting group chief information officer since August 01, 2020.
He is a Graduate of BSC Degree in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University & MBA from Open University (UK).
MD Ethiopian Cargo Services
Mr. Fitsum Abady 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.
A/ MD Ethiopian International Services
Mr. Lemma joined Ethiopian on September 06, 1999 as Marketing Agent. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Area Manager Burkina Faso, Malaysia and France. In December 2017, Mr. Lemma was appointed as Director Global Call Center.
Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as A/Managing Director Ethiopian International Services since September 01, 2019.
He holds BSC Degree in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Technology and MSC in Geotechnical Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Technology.
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, and Director MRO Sales and Marketing.
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.
Currently he is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services
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.
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.
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.
A/VP Internal Audit and Corporate QMS, SMS & EMS Compliance
Mr. Mengistu Bezie joined Ethiopian in 1995 as a college trainee Auditor and has been assigned as Internal Auditor in Internal Audit Division. He worked and progressed through the ladder of managerial and director positions within Internal Audit and Finance.
He has also served as Manager HR & Finance at ET’s sister Company; Tchadia Airlines and Director Finance & Strategic Planning at Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines for one and a half years.
Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as A/Vice President Internal Audit, QMS, SMS, Compliance & Business Sustainability since 23 of July 2020.
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, USA
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.
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.
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.
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.
A/ CEO of Ethiopian Airports
Mr. Eskinder Alemu joined Ethiopian on 14 October 1992 as a Marketing Clerk 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 and Head Group CEO Office. Currently, he is serving as A/CEO Ethiopian Airports.
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.
A/MD Ethiopian Ground Services
Mr. Solomon Yadeta 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 Airport passenger section, Ramp section and Cargo.
He also served in different area/ field offices such as station Manager Lagos, Traffic and Sales manager Delhi and Area Manager Nigeria.
In October 2015 he was appointed as Regional Director Sales and Services Middle East and Asia until he is appointed as A/MD Ethiopian ground services in Sep 2019.
He is a holder of Business administration degree from Addis Ababa University and MBA from Walden University USA.