Ex-Zimbabwean airforce officer to head African airlines body

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The African Airlines Association's (AFRAA) top decision-making body, the General Assembly, has appointed a former Zimbabwean Air Force Group Captain, Dr. Elijah Chingosho, as its Secretary-General, PANA reported Friday.

Africa’s aviation chiefs, who wound up the organization’s 42nd Annual General Assembly meeting here Thursday, appointed Chingosho to head the continental air transport organization effective 1 January, 2011.

He would replace Ethiopia’s Tewodros Tamrat, who has been acting Secretary General since June 2010.

The airlines’ body has been undergoing an internal leadership crisis following the forced resignation of aviation guru, Nick Fadugba of Nigeria, who was forced out of office after an intense boardroom showdown.

‘The new Secretary General is expected to steer the affairs of AFRAA and reposition the organization as a premier continental air transport body of repute,’ said an AFRAA statement, announcing his appointment Friday.

The new AFRAA boss has been the Director of Safety, Technical and Training for the past nine years. His key targets are to ensure that the organization delivers quality service to members and effectively representing their interests, the AFRAA statement added.

Chingosho has extensive and diverse professional expertise in aviation industry. He has also authored some aviation and business books.

‘His familiarity with the functioning of AFRAA and its diverse membership interest will be extremely valuable in formulating strategies to reposition the organization and achieve its goals,’ the aviation body said.

The new Secretary-General has over 24 years aviation experience in technical and general management, 17 of which has been at senior management level.

He started his aviation career in the Air Force of Zimbabwe, where he rose to the position of Director of Engineering with the rank of Group Captain before leaving to pursue other interests.

Chingosho had a stint with a private marketing company in Harare before joining Air Zimbabwe as the General Manager, Engineering and Acting General Manager in charge of Human Resources.

He holds three Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Business Administration and Transport Economics and a Doctorate in Business Administration.