Mesfin Tasew is new CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group

Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA—The Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines Group has named Mesfin Tasew Bekele as the new Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group effective 23 March 2022.

Mesfin succeeds former CEO of the Airline group, 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, procurement, information technology, flight operations, capability development, capacity building, development of corporate strategies, airline operation management, and corporate leadership.

He has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University in the UK, MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Communications Engineering, from Addis Ababa University, and BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University. In 1984, the Addis Ababa University Faculty of Technology recognized him as Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

Ethiopian Board Chairman Girma Wake said, “I would like to congratulate Mr. Mesfin on his new appointment and I am fully confident about his capabilities. We believe that Mr. Mesfin 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. I urge the 17,000 employees of Ethiopian and the board members to stand with the new Group CEO to keep the airline fly high. We are also thankful for the remarkable contributions of the former Group CEO.”

Mesfin, for his part, said, “I am honored and humbled to be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer 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. I call on all my colleagues at Ethiopian to join hands and forge ahead for further success.”

Mesfin has been a key player, responsible for planning and execution of strategies, that led the airline to

shine in the African skies and beyond. He assumed responsibilities including but not limited to overall maintenance of Ethiopian fleet, capability and capacity development, leading the automation project of the Maintenance and Engineering Division and managing projects related to aircraft acquisition.

He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of ASKY Airlines since 2021 and has led the airline with a profitable growth strategy until the time of his new appointment. He has served as a Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines from 2010 –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 up with the airlines’ growth strategy.