Ethiopian Group CEO Named ‘Airline Executive of the Year’  

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has been recognized as ‘Airline Executive of the Year’ at the annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence.

The annual award ceremony – organized by Centre for Aviation (CAPA) – was held in Malta December 5, 2019.

Tewolde won the title for his commendable individual influence on the aviation industry, and innovative direction for the growth of Ethiopian Airlines and the aviation industry at large, among others.

Commenting on the accolade, Ethiopian Group CEO said expressed his delight that he won the award and “sincerely thank CAPA for the recognition”.

“I want to dedicate this award to my colleagues: more than 16,000 brave men and women around the world who always challenge themselves to soar higher with the mind-set that every step they take can become new history and milestone in today’s 21st-century aviation business,” he said.

CAPA official said Tewolde has become “a giant in African aviation over the past decades”.

“He has guided a marginal airline into becoming a major global force, with a modern fleet and a world-class operation,” said Emeritus Peter Harbison, CAPA Chairman.

“This past year he has been most strenuously challenged following the MAX accident, and emerges with an even stronger reputation,” he said. “We are proud to present him with this award and look forward to him continuing to lead the airline to even greater heights.”

Having served Ethiopian Airlines in different capacities for decades, Tewolde took the helm of Africa’s leading flag-carrier as Group CEO in January 2011.

He has received a number of prestigious accolades in the aviation industry for his outstanding leadership that propelled Ethiopian to the top of Africa’s aviation.

Tewolde has also been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2019 by New African Magazine this week.

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