ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has been re-appointed to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors for a three year-term.
The reappointment was announced at the 75th annual general meeting held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, Ethiopian airlines revealed in a statement sent to The Monitor.
The IATA Board of Governors comprises 30 members who are elected from the world’s biggest carriers included in IATA and approved by the Assembly.
The Board of Governors acts as the government of IATA and represents 290 airlines in over 120 countries, carrying 82% of the world’s air traffic.
The governors are eligible to exercise oversight and executive role on behalf of the membership as a whole in representing the interests of the association, according to Ethiopian airlines.
The airlines also said the re-appointment is in recognition of Ethiopian’s fastest and sustainable growth in general and his indispensable contribution to the development of the African aviation industry in general.
Tewolde, who is a titan of the industry, has received prominent awards from different organizations including “The African CEO of the Year”, “The Best African Business Leader”, “The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership”, “Planet Africa professional Excellence Award”, “The African CEO’s Hall Of Fame”, and “Most Gender Focused CEO Award”.
IATA was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Montreal. A union of the world’s leading carriers, IАТА coordinates and represents air transport industry interests in areas such as flight safety provision, flight performance, fare policies, maintenance, and aviation security, develops and publishes international standards, provides training and consultancy, among others.