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Ethiopia - Addisu Legesse replaces Seyoum Mesfin as Ethiopian board chairman
Girma Wake hands over his post to Tewolde
By Kaleyesus Bekele
As Seyoum Mesfin, former Foreign Minister and board chairman of Ethiopian Airlines, was appointed Ambassador to China and would be leaving for the Asian country soon, Addisu Legesse, the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Deputy Prime Minister, was appointed as the new chairman of the board of directors of Ethiopian Airlines.
To the surprise of many, at a farewell dinner party organized for the outgoing CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Girma Wake, at the Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel on Thursday, it was announced that Addisu would be the new chairman of the board of Ethiopian Airlines, one of the fast growing airline in Africa.
Nine other new board members were appointed. Sinkenesk Ejigu, Minister of Mines, is among the new board members. There were seven members in the former board - Seyoum, Getachew Mengiste, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Addisalem Balema (PhD), director of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange Authority, Hashim Toffik (PhD), Simret Medaneh (Col.), the first CEO of the airline, Mohammed Ahmed (Capt.), the renowned Ethiopian CEO (known for challenging the Derg officials in defense of the independence of the management of the airline) and Gebremedin Gebrehiwot. Addisu handed over medals and certificates to the outgoing board members. Seyoum served as board chairman of Ethiopian for 10 years taking over from the then Minister of Defense, Seyee Abreha.
“I and the new board members understand that this is a crucial moment for Ethiopian,” Addisu told the new management led by Tewolde and employees of the airline who came to see off Girma, the buoyant CEO. “And I assure you that we will provide you with the required support,” he added.
Seyoum, who repeatedly thanked Girma and the management of Ethiopian as a whole, said that Ethiopian will have a long stretch to achieve. However, he expressed his strong belief that the airline will be more successful. “Ethiopian will be a shining star,” Seyoum said.
Tewolde is also optimistic about the future of the airline. However, he mentioned several challenges that may affect the growth plan of the airline. External shock, global economic crisis, fuel price hike, stiff competition from the Gulf carriers, the brain drain, stringent environmental regulations and protection of skies are some of the challenges which Tewolde listed.
Tewolde seems scared of the competition coming from the mega Middle Eastern carriers that are flexing their muscles in Africa in recent years. Gulf carriers such as Emirates and Qatar are opening more routes in Africa and increasing their flight frequencies. “They are subsidized by their petro dollar resources,” Tewolde said. However, these airlines, which Tewolde did not mention by name, refute the allegations by saying that they are not subsidized by their government.
The outgoing CEO, Girma Wake, expressed his confidence in Tewolde and his new management team with an average age of 40. At the ceremony, Tewolde amused attendees by saying that the current management has a combined experience of 421 years of airline management.
Seyoum Mesfin is one of the most idiot high ranking personal in Ethiopia. He even couldn’t read a simple geography map. I think he should be go back to his farm to Adwa.
Mr.Addisu ,please don’t screw up.Ethiopian is the only pride Ethiopia has.
It is an insult to nominate addisu legesse to be chief of Ethiopian Airlines. who is gone teach sport in kg? he is shameless dum ass. what a transition is it from ministry of agriculture to airline industry? mad meles and his bulls are killing my country.
shame! shame! the genocidal Meles Zenawi. How Addisu Legesse, the bull and idiot guy who can’t think and perform, can be the chairman of Airlines? Now, Ethio airlines , the only profitable organization in ethio is up side down.No more Ethiopia.
Bututo Lebash Tgres , recycling like a used soda can. They are not even Ethiopians.
Out of the millions of citizens, these shameless bandas are having exclusive property rights which they robbed at gun point. I hate Getatas.
gud fela zendro yemayalflat hager
Please read and understand what is written before voumiting what u have in your mind (mostly Melosophobia or Tigrophobia).
@ g the great: Ato Addisu is assigned as a board chairperson, not as a Chief CEO….. (g the smal)
@Death to Woyane: It is during the chair of Seyoum that Ethiopian acheived its amazing profit and success. Your little mind thinks that all officials in Ethiopia are from Adwa,like Meles,…please they are not and so is true for Seyoum. I am afraid that you may think Obama is from Adwa.
@ Sodo: You didn’t understand the news. Sorry I can’t help you with your phobia (you will die hating)
What a bad new! This is not fair, I think, Addisu has no ability and skill to manage this huge company; it is preferable to comeback to ministry of agriculture. what questionable to me is, there is no another Citizen that eligible for leading this company in whole Ethiopia? Why don’t you appoint ‘the right person on the right place’? I’m so sad! Please God, don’t forget mama Ethiopia!
It is a pitty that every sector is controlled by Tigrean minorities and their “spiritually tigrean” supporters(such as Addisu). The largest two ethnic gropus (Amharas and oromos)have almost zero represenation in key positions. GOD is not far, U will be the consequence in near future!!!!
with TPLF cadres as CHAIRMAN & CEO a fast downhill fall for EAL a.k.a WAL
. . .time to relax for SM, and time for him to get big bucks shares from this business that monopolized by parasitic looting front and their cronies. . .and this is really clear to me that EAL is run by VULTURES!. . .
now Ethiopian air lines go down.this stupid man how manage this big company very bad news.
I do not understand why some of the bloggers do not take English class to comprehend what being written and said. If you are negative about any news, find website which supports your ideology. ET gained momentum during the past decades under the same Board of Directors regardless who they are. I am proud of the progress ET has made. If you could not see it then, you are racist. Do not come over here and spew your hatred. We should be happy to have ET which is a pride of Ethiopia and African continent.
Thanks Wollo for your good observation and comment!
PROFITABLE ETHIOIAN AIRLINES HIJACKED BY NEW CEO AND CHAIRMAN, TWO UNQUALIFIED POLITICAL APPOINTEES WITH LOUSY RESUME, LOSING FLYING ALTITUDE…
Lord have mercy, they can’t wait to dismantle what CEO Girma built.
Everytime you want to believe in this government, they show their TRUE colors!
this is useless. it is killing the nation. why these garbage cicling around. i am here with economics PHD and i am much better understand than those idoits. Addis, tewelde etc all are illitrate Tigre, just know how to carry gun. so, what a hell they gonna do with their gun in airport?
sorry mama ethiopia
Another round of surprise, replacing dull by the “worst dull"!!
Why are you roaring so loud? First of all, dare to call yourself “real-Woyane, blood sucker, betrayer, beggar, parasite” to qualify and put some genuine flesh. You don’t fit in Wollo, unless you are among those decayed submissive non-Tigrias. I could sense your parochialism. Does it matter if one comes from Adwa or Agame? All the same dirt!
“True Ethiopians” keep the fight against the shameless parasites, occupiers and their supporters!
Peace and love to “True Ethiopians”
@wollo,why do you think if Addisu is CEO?you racist bastard!
The “qraqnbowoch” from dedebet and surrounding areas together with their former war-prisoners like that of kuma demeksa, aba dula, etc. have been killing the Ethiopian people slowly, these “bulls in the chine’s shop” to be eradicated from the face of the earth.
As for addisu legese, the same banana, how a sport master could lead one of the most strong and the backbone institution of the country where well educated researcher-scientists have been working?
In what agricultural language used to discuss with the given institution scientists, understand and solve problems?
How a country like that of Ethiopia which has a cornice food shortage for half a century now assigned in the ministry of agriculture as a top person with having no agricultural educational background? How???
The tplf and their slaves well understood the country never develop without full participation of the well educated and experienced people of the country including those who live abroad. This ,however, do not concerned them as their main aim was and still is to stay in power as far as possible. So far they are successful and they will be as long as we allow them to do so.
Their staying in power for two decades now, indeed, not b/c they are strong enough, but because of the fact that the oppositions are weak. So that friends, as once legase Z. told us to assign a person to any position the requirement is not his professional back ground or work experience, rather close friendship, blood relation, being an ethnic tigrian (to be assigned in key and v .important positions) , no educated, confidence less, those with criminal background to compromise or silence sometime in the future, if need be, or some holders of the highest university degree having poor academic knowledge who are living to eat and so on and so forth.
The so called five years “ development and transformation” plan is an empty propaganda or a child game, it sounds in Amharic “ eqaqa chewata”, which has no fundaments. Haven’t you heard what the people have been talking in different corners of the country? “…One year already has passed left four years, but nothing has been done so far”. Do you think this is serious?
To sum up, adisu legese as his predecessor a symbol not the right person for the Eth. Air lines as a board chairman. As the Amharic saying goes “gem le gem aberehe azgem”. ALAS.
Addisu Legesse….Boaard Chirman for EAL? It is loughable.
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