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Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam statement from the ET 302 crash site


Tewolde GebreMariam is the Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines. The Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors.

He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at

The Ethiopian Airlines website, however, seems to be at capacity at this time.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam is a titan of the aviation industry. As Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines he presides over the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa. He began his career in the Cargo Traffic Handling Department at the company when he joined thirty years ago and rose up the ranks through overseas management, Marketing and Sales to Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as CEO.

Mr. Tewolde is on the board of many of the major Ethiopian state-owned enterprises, he leads Pan-African aviation initiatives and sits, with UN Secretary-General on the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. His airline won 20 awards in 2015 and is recognized as one of the most dependable airlines in the world. His sense of corporate responsibility to society and the environment is impeccable. As part of ET’s CSR Programme, the airline is working with Greener Ethiopia to repopulate the country with trees.

Along with the plethora of awards Ethiopian has won, Mr. Tewolde himself has won African CEO of the Year, Best African Business Leader, The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership the 2015 International Grand Prix Special Award in Milan and the Most Gender Focused CEO Award 2015 by the Leading Women of Africa Group.

He earned his B.A. Degree in Economics from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Open University in the United Kingdom.

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