Meet Mesfin Tasew, new Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO

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Mesfin Tasew Bekele is a successor of the former Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam after his early retirement request due to health issues. Mesfin’s appointment is approved by the Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines.

Mr. 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.

In 1984, Mr. Mesfin was a gold medal award winner of Addis Ababa University Faculty of Technology BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering as an Outstanding Graduate of the Year. He also specialized in MSc. Degree in Communications in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.

He earned Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Open University in the United Kingdom.

In the different capacities he served during his 38 years of service, Mr. 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 worked as Avionics Engineer and Supervisor Avionics Engineering Group from 1984 – 1994, Manager of Planning and Automation, Maintenance and Engineering Division from 1995 – 1997, Chief Information Officer from 1998 – 2006, and Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering from 2006 –2010.

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.

Mr. Mesfin has been serving as a 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 took part in numerous local and international seminars in the aviation industry and general leadership. He received trainings in leadership and airlines operations management, aviation regulations and aircraft maintenance, among others.

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