InstinctBusiness Magazine’s CEO of the Week, is a weekly accreditation of Top performing CEOs around the globe, following their achievements, remarkable work, outstanding service, industry experience, visionary leadership, innovation, amongst other criteria.
This week, Mr.Mesfin Tasew Bekele, an aviation specialist of over 38 years of experience in airline management and operations in the areas of aircraft maintenance, and corporate leadership has been named InstinctBusiness Magazine’s “CEO OF THE WEEK” for the Month of Nov 6th-Nov 12th,2022 rankings.
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.
Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele’s Educational Background
Bekele earned Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from 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.
Mr. Mesfin Tasew Bekele’s Career Background
Bekele is an Ethiopian businessman, electrical and communications engineer, who serves as the group chief executive officer of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, since 24 March 2022.
Before that, between 2021 and March 2022, Mesfin T. Bekele was the CEO of Asky Airlines, a private Togolese airline, in which the Ethiopian Airlines Group is a strategic partner, maintains a 40 percent ownership and is the largest shareholder.
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.
Mesfin Tasew Bekele as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group
Bekele started his airline career with Ethiopian Airlines in 1984 as an Associate Engineer and progressed through the ladder and has served the airline for close to 4 decades.
Under his leadership, the company recorded an exceptional profits of $937m, carried 6.9 million passengers on its international network over the past year.
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 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.