Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines has been named as ‘Airline Executive of the Year’ by the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) at the annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence in Malta on 5th December 2019. Regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation, CAPA initially established the awards in 2003 to recognize successful airlines and airports based in the Asia Pacific region. The awards later expanded to the global stage in 2012 to acknowledge aviation excellence worldwide.

Tewolde GebreMariam has become a giant in African aviation over the past decades. This past year he has been most strenuously challenged following the MAX accident, and emerges with an even stronger reputation. We are proud to present him with this award and look forward to him continuing to lead the airline to even greater heights.

GebreMariam bagged the honour which is awarded to the airline executive who has had the greatest individual influence on the aviation industry, demonstrating outstanding strategic thinking and innovative direction for the growth of their business and the aviation industry at large. According to CAPA Chairman Emeritus Peter Harbison,

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

Responding, Tewolde GebreMariam said, “I am honoured to have received the award and I sincerely thank CAPA for the recognition. We at Ethiopian have achieved greater milestones as one family. 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.”

Having served Ethiopian Airlines in different capacities for decades, Mr. Tewolde took the helm of Africa’s leading flag-carrier as Group CEO in January 2011, and his outstanding leadership that propelled Ethiopian to the top of Africa’s aviation. He has received a number of prestigious accolades in the aviation industry, and was recently listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2019 by New African Magazine.