Ethiopian Airlines, abbreviated as Ethiopian, is the flag carrier of Ethiopia for the past seventy plus years. With 100 international and 21 domestic destinations, it has become one of the continent’s leading carriers.
The airline won 20 awards in 2015 and was recognized as one of the most dependable airlines in the world. As part of EA’s CSR programme, the airline is working with Greener Ethiopia to repopulate the country with trees as of it’s corporate responsibility to society and the environment.
We intend to update this page – from time to time – to provide an overview of the corporate profile of Ethiopian Airlines.
1/ Abadulla Gemeda, Board Chairman
2/ Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, Board V/Chairperson
3/ Tolesa Shagi, Board Member
4/ Ahmed Shide, Board Member
5/ Amb. Berhane Gebre-Christos, Board Member
6/ Lt. Gen. Adem Mohammed, Board Member
7/ Mesfin Lemma, Board Member
8/ Dr. Hashim Tewfik, Board Member
9/ Alemayehu Assefa, Board Member
10/ Retta Melaku, Board Member
11/ Tewodros Balcha, Board Member
1/ Tewolde GebreMariam – Chief Executive Officer
Tewolde GebreMariam 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. 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.
2/ Mesfin Tasew – Chief Operating Officer
Mesfin joined Ethiopian in 1984 as Associate Engineer and progressed through the ladder and served in supervisory 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. He is serving Ethiopian as Chief Operating Officer since Nov. 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.
3/ Busera Awel – Chief Commercial Officer
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. On Sep. 2009, Busera was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines, Ethiopian second hub in Lome’ (Togo). On Sept. 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.
4/ Genanaw Assefa – VP Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretariat
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.
5/ Wassu Zelelew – VP Internal Audit & Compliance
Wassu joined Ethiopian in 1978 as an accounting clerk in Finance and then promoted as junior Accountant. In 1982, he was promoted as an internal auditor in the Internal Audit Department and progressed through the ladder and has held a number of different managerial positions including; Senior Internal Auditor, Senior Analyst Management Audit, Mgr. Performance Audit, Mgr. Internal audit, Dir. Corp. & Operation audit until he was appointed to work as Dir. Cost Saving in 2009. He is serving Ethiopian as Vice President Internal Audit and Compliance since Nov 2011. He holds a BA Degree in Management from Washington International University. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner & member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners & member of Institute of Internal Auditors Association.
6/ Girma Shiferaw – A/VP Strategic Planning and Alliances
Girma joined Ethiopian as Jr. Aircraft Technician after he graduated from Ethiopian Aviation Academy in 1981. He has been serving in various positions including aircraft maintenance, marketing, network planning, corporate strategy planning, department head commercial planning and country manager in Senegal and in Nigeria for six years and as Director Alliances & Network Planning. He is serving Ethiopian Airlines as A/VP Strategic Planning & Alliances. He is a holder of a BA degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University and MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University in the UK.
6/ Solomon Debebe – MD Ethiopian Aviation Academy
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. He is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Aviation Academy since July 2016. He holds BA degree in Management and Public Administration from Addis Ababa University.
7/ Yinnesu Fekadeneh – VP Customer Services
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. He is serving Ethiopian as VP Customer Services. He has M.Sc. degree in Air Transport Management from London City University of United Kingdom.
8/ Fitsum Abady – MD Ethiopian Cargo Services
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. He is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian Cargo Services since January 2014. He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a BSC Degree in Biology. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the ITM University in India.
9/ Meseret Bitew – A/Chief Financial Officer
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 the position he is holding currently since August 2015. 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.
10/ Mesay Shiferaw – A/VP Corporate HRM
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 Communication. He is serving as A/VP HRM since December 01, 2016. He holds BSC in Physics and BA degree in Economics from A.A.U.
11/ Laeke Tadesse – Chief Information Officer
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, Mrg Galileo System Support, Head Galileo Ethiopia and Dir. Commercial Systems & Galileo. He became Chief Information Officer in Sept. 2015. He graduated from Addis Ababa University with a B.Sc. Degree in Mathematics
12/ Esayas WoldeMariam – MD Ethiopian International Services
Esayas joined Ethiopian on 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. On Nov. 2010, Esayas was also appointed as Vice President of Ethiopian Cargo to head all the cargo operation. On Jan. 2012, he was appointed as SVP Global Sales. He is serving Ethiopian as Managing Director Ethiopian International Services since Oct. 2013. He holds BSc Degree in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University. He also earned degree of Master of Business administration from open University of UK.
13/ Hailemelekot Mamo – MD Ethiopian Express & Ancillary Services
Hailemelekot joined Ethiopian in 1992 as a Space Control Agent and progressed through the ladder and has held a number of senior leadership positions including Country Manager, Director Customer Service Quality Management, Director Customer Loyalty Program and A/Vice President of Marketing. He served as Managing Director Ethiopian Express & Ancillary Services since Oct. 2013. Hailemelekot graduated from Addis Ababa University with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Public Administration.
14/ Rahel Assefa – VP Marketing
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 currently she is serving Ethiopian as Vice President Marketing the position she is holding since Oct. 2013. In Feb. 2015, she was named among the Worlds’ 30 most Compelling Women in Travel by the U.S based Premier Travel Magazine.
15/ Tadele Barega – A/MD Ethiopian Ground Services
Tadele joined Ethiopian on July 1995 as Transportation Agent in Marketing Division. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Supervisor Passenger Services, Supervisor Arrival and Transfer, Supervisor Baggage Services, Manager Airport Services Guangzhou, China and Manager Operations Support. On January 2016, Tadele was appointed as A/ Managing Director Ethiopian Ground Services. He holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from Addis Ababa University College of Commerce.
16/ Zemene Nega – MD Ethiopian MRO Services
Zemene joined Ethiopian as an associate engineer in 1982 in Technical Services. He has been serving in various managerial positions including Supervisor Power Plant Engineering, Manager Power plant O’haul, Division Manager Engine Maintenance and Director Technical sales & Market Development. Currently he is serving as Managing Director Ethiopian MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) Services of Ethiopian since Oct. 2010. He is a holder of BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.
17/ 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. He is serving as VP Flight Operations since May 2015. He is a holder of a Diploma from Pilot Training School, diploma from Addis Ababa University and 2nd year complete in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.
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