Girma Wake, the former CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and a titan of the aviation business, has been appointed to a pivotal position as the Addis Ababa airline recovers from the tragic departure of its CEO Tewolde Gabremariam.
The late Ake, a successful airline executive with experience in Africa and the Middle East, oversaw Ethiopian’s development and prepared Tewold to take over the reins when he retired.
Following the resignation and early retirement of the airline’s CEO due to poor health, he was appointed today as President, in addition to his previous position as Board Chairman. The decision was made in an effort to restore familiarity and stability to the company. Wake has been assigned with the duty of identifying GabreMariam’s successor.
Tewolde is now undergoing medical treatment in the United States of America. The airline thanked him for the outstanding job he had done during his tenure, which had resulted in the airline company rising fourfold.
In a statement, the airline expressed its best wishes for the CEO’s recuperation and wished him a swift recovery.
Having started his career with Ethiopian in 1960, Wake went on to work for various airlines, notably Gulf Air, where he was in charge of the cargo division, until being brought back to Addis in 2003 to become the airline’s CEO at the age of 60. In this capacity, he served until 2011, when he delegated authority to his deputy Gabremariam.
Until 2017, Wake also served as chairman of Rwandair, an ambitious and rapidly expanding organization.