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Ethiopian Airlines: Ethiopian Government replaces Girma Wake with Lieutenant Gen. Yilma Merdassa as Board Chairman


Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced the exit of Mr. Girma Wake as Management Board Chairman and the appointment of Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa, the Commander of Ethiopian Air Force to replace him. 

In an announcement to all its stakeholders, the Group informed that Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa, was appointed by the Ethiopian Government as Chairperson of Ethiopian Airlines Management Board effective June 8, 2023. 

In a statement, the Group says, Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa has been serving the Airline Group in the capacity of Management Board member for the last two and half years before he assumes the new role. 

“Ethiopian Airlines Group welcomes Lieutenant General Yilma Merdassa and wishes him success on his new role”.

“Mr. Girma Wake has led the Group as Management Board Chairman since March 2022. During this period, Mr. Girma has provided effective guidance to the Group sharing his wealth of experience in the aviation field”. 

Prior to that, he had served the airline in different capacities including as member of the Management Board, and CEO positions at different times. His contribution to the growth and success of the Airline Group has been enormous and will take a special place in the history of the Group.

“Ethiopian Airlines would like to extend its gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Girma and wish him all the best in his new endeavors”.

“Ethiopian Airlines executive Management shall continue working closely with the Management board to implement Vision 2035 and take the airline to the next level”.


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