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Who is Mesfin Tasew Bekele?

March 24, 2022

Who is Mesfin Tasew Bekele?

Mesfin Tasew Bekele is a successor of the former Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam after his early retirement request due to health issues. Mesfin’s appointment is approved by the Board of Management of Ethiopian Airlines.

Mr. Mesfin has 38 years of experience in airline management and operations in the areas of aircraft maintenance and engineering, procurement, information technology, flight operations, capability development, capacity building, development of corporate strategies, airline operation management, and corporate leadership.

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 also specialized in MSc. Degree in Communications in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University.

He earned Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Open University in the United Kingdom.

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. He assumed responsibilities including but not limited to overall maintenance of Ethiopian fleet, capability and capacity development, leading the automation project of the Maintenance and Engineering Division and managing projects related to aircraft acquisition.

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.

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.



  1. The brief bio shows a great fit between knowledge and experience of Ato Mesfin with the skills required for this mammoth responsibility of managing such a successful enterprise.

    The right man is on the saddle, and we wish him well and best of luck.

  2. The man and his outstanding education and almost 4 decades of experience Just met Good Luck Sir. and Let’s keep Thriving EAL

  3. He is top with education and loyalty to the sector. Being a gold medalist from 5 kilo is the most difficult capability for any intellectual Ethiopian. He only may need some one to stand by for photogenic. Good Luck Mesfine!

  4. Dear Mr. Tasew
    I am very disturbed with the way your team
    Handled my daughter’s situation , she boarded on the flight from
    JFK going to Addis via Lome , and she was going to Dar es salaam Tanzania . When boarded the overboard compact was full
    And an the flight attendant offered to keep her bag I front , when she arrived she waited at the door , for very unusual the bag could not be found and told her the flight attendants had switched, but not to worry , she explained to them that bag has her passport , how are they going to help so that she can continue with the travel
    They said they will find out where the bag is if they don’t find they will take her to the us. Embassy , later that day they said the bag is in NYC . How no one knows , and they told her that it will arrive next day , then Wednesday night while she has all the boarding ready , they come to her and say they confused the airport from JFK in NYC with Newark airport so until now she is at the airport
    And the staff are changing the narrative as if she forgot the bag herself. Kindly Addis in this .my number +1-240-550-1554

  5. Dear Mr Tassew I wanna to be clear on the information that is prepared by your name and signature in the hand of Belayneh, he is on way
    to mischief by showing this letter as he have legal
    way to prepare canada work visa. Please tell us the truth and I can attach the paper

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