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 April 2021 to March 2022.

Mr. Mesfin also serves as a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors.

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.

  
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.

  
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. Adamu TadeleMr. Adamu Tadele

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Adamu joined Ethiopian as Senior Accountant in the Revenue Accounting Division in 1996. He has been serving the airline in various managerial streams including Senior Financial Analyst cash and Credit Management, Senior Financial Analyst Insurance, Fuel and Taxes, Manager Insurance, Fuel and Taxes, Manager Financial Analysis and Statistics, Acting Director Management Accounting, Director Treasury and Group Treasurer. He has also served as Director Finance and Strategic Planning at Malawi Airlines.

Currently, he is serving as Chief Financial Officer as of November 2023. 

He holds a BA Degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University, Bachelor of Commerce BCom (Hons) in Financial Management and Magister Commercii (Master of Commerce) in Financial Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and member since 2007 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University (UK).




  

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. Teklehaimanot G. Yohannes

A/MD International Services

Mr. Teklehaimanot G. Yohannes joined Ethiopian Airlines in 1995 as a marketing clerk officer after graduating from Ethiopian Airlines School of Marketing and Finance. He has been serving the airline in various managerial streams including Junior Transportation Agent, Transportation Agent, Senior Transportation Agent, Associate Instructor (Marketing), Instructor (Marketing), Senior Instructor (Marketing), Manager Airport Services, Brussels, Manager Airport Services, London, Director Addis Ababa Hub Operations, Acting Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services, Regional Director Sales & Services (Europe & America), Managing Director Addis Ababa Hub Ground Services, and Regional Director Greater China and Mongolia..

Currently, he is serving Ethiopian as A/MD International Services as of April 2024.

Mr. Teklehaimanot earned MBA in Marketing Management from the UK Open University, MSc in Economic Development Policy and Good Governance from the University of Paris and CERIS in Belgium, BA degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University, BA degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University, Diploma in Computer Science from Addis Ababa University, and Diploma in Chemistry from Addis Ababa University.

  

Mr. Abel Alemu 

Managing Director for Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services

Mr. 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 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.


Ermias AbebeMr. Ermias Abebe

A/ VP Legal

Mr. Ermias Abebe joined Ethiopian Airlines in 2014 as a Staff Attorney. Progressing through the ladder, Mr. Ermias, currently is the A/VP of Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretariat as of November 2023. Mr. Ermias holds LLB Degree from Bahir Dar University & LLM from University of South Africa (UNISA).

Mr. Ermias is married and a father of two daughters.

  

Mr. Nigusu Worku A/ MD Ethiopian International Services.

 

Mr. Hailemelekot Mamo

VP ET Holiday, Digital Sales and GCIC

Mr. 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.

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

Mr.  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.

      

 Mrs. Zenebework G/Tsadik

Group VP HCM

Mrs. 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, Secondment Mgr. HR & Finance Tchadia Airlines on secondment bases, and Acting Group VP HCM.

Currently, she is serving Ethiopian as Group VP HRM as of November 13,2023.

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Zenebework is married and a Mother of two daughters.

      
Mr.Mesay Shiferaw MD Ethiopian Aviation Academy

Mr. Kassie Yimam

VP Ethiopian Aviation Trainings

Mr. Kassie Yimam joined Ethiopian Airlines on January 26, 1995 as Junior Aircraft Technician and served the Airline in various positions including A/C Technician, Senior Aircraft Technician, Technical Instructor at the Pilot Training School, Course Developer, Manager Curriculum Development and e-learning Solutions, Head Training Standards and Development and Managing Director Ethiopian Aviation Academy.

He is currently serving as VP Ethiopian Aviation Trainings as of March 01, 2023.

He is a graduate from Aviation Maintenance Technicians School of Ethiopian Aviation Academy and holds a Master of Business Administration in Business Management and BA degree in Economics both from Addis Ababa University.

Mr. Kassie is married and a father of three sons.

 

     

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.

 

  
Samson Arega

Mr. Samson Arega

A/Vice President Customer Service

Mr. Samson Arega has joined Ethiopian as a college trainee in 2014. He has been serving in various positions including Assistant Marketing officer, Jr Sales Representative, Sr Sales Representative, Team leader Sales Support, A/Manager Passenger Sales Addis Ababa, Area Manager Kuwait, Area Manager Canada and Regional Director Sales & Services USA.

He is currently serving Ethiopian as A/Vice President Customer Service since May 2024.

He holds BA Degree in International Trade & Investment Management from Adama Science and Technology University, MSC Degree in Integrated Marketing Management (IMC) from the University of Mississippi, USA and Credential of Readiness Diploma from Harvard Business School for Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.

Mr. Samson is married and a father of three children.

  

  



Capt. Yoseph Hailu

VP Flight Operations

Capt. Yoseph Hailu Joined Ethiopian on March 21,1985, as F/O DHC-6 and served the Airline in various positions including F/E 727-200, F/O 727, F/O 757-767, Capt. DHC-6, Capt./Instructor F-50, Fleet, Capt. B737/ Turbo Pro. A/C Capt. B767/B757, Manager Training and Standards, DVM flight operations training & tech, Capt. B777 and Director Flight Training.

Currently, he is serving as VP Flight Operations as of June 2022.

Capt. Yoseph has a diploma from school of PTS.

Capt. Yoseph is married and a father of three daughters.

  

Mr. Daniel Abebe

Group VP Strategic Planning & Alliance

Mr. Daniel Abebe joined Ethiopian on October 24, 1994, as College Trainee. He served in various Technical and Managerial positions including Flight Operations Engineer, Expert and Manger in the Flight Operations Technical & Research office, Director Fleet & Equipment Planning, Director Strategic Assets Planning and Director Fleet & Network Planning.

Currently, he is serving as Vice President Strategic Planning and Alliances as of July 2022.

He holds Master of Business Administration in International Aviation from the University of Concordia in Canada and BSc in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.

Mr. Daniel is married and a father of four sons.

  


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. Girma Kebede

Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services

Mr. Girma Kebede joined Ethiopian on July 01, 1996 as Marketing Clerk . He served Ethiopian as Marketing Clerk, Jr. Transportation Agent, Transportation Agent, Customer Relation Officer, Lead Transportation Agent, Supervisor Ramp Services Outgoing, Supervisor Departure Control, Traffic and Sales Manager -Abuja-Nigeria, Manager Airport Services- BEY-Lebanon, Supervisor Customer Airline Handling, Manager Ramp Services, Manager Baggage Services, Director Ramp Services, Director ADD Hub Operations, Director Ramp and Baggage Services and Director ADD Hub Below Wing Operations and A/Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services.

He is currently serving as Managing Director Ethiopia Ground Services as of 01 January 23. 

Mr. Girma is a graduate of Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from University of Mississippi-U.S.A, BSC in Management Information System from Unity University, Diploma in Accounting from Addis Ababa Commercial College and Diploma in Marketing Services from Ethiopian Aviation Academy School of Marketing.

Mr. Girma is married and a father of two sons and a daughter.