A Conversation with Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines

In 2013, IATA ranked Ethiopian Airlines as Africa’s largest carrier in terms of revenue and profit. This was a significant milestone for Ethiopia’s 69-year-old flag carrier, whose revenues exceeded US$2 billion.

“2013 marks a milestone year in the history of the Airline,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam in a press release. “For the first time in our long history, we are No. 1 in Africa in terms of revenue and profit.

“This success is the result of the collective efforts of the board of directors, management and the entire 8,000 plus Ethiopian Airlines employees, who toil night and day to make our beloved airline shine high in the sky. It is also a validation of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategy, dubbed Vision 2025. It confirms that we are well on track to achieving our Vision 2025 strategic goal of becoming a major global carrier with US$10 billion in revenue by 2025.”

GebreMariam has big plans for the airline. In a recent interview with Ascend, he talks about the key contributors to the airline’s success today, and where he plans to take the airline in the future.

Read the full story in Ascend.