Addis Ababa-based Henok Teferra Shawl has been appointed the new managing director of Boeing Africa to strengthen the company's operations and relationships across the African continent.
Shawl reports to Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey, Africa, and Central Asia (Metaca).
In his new role, Teferra will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Boeing plans to open an office early in 2024.
He has worked in aviation, regulatory affairs, and government relations.
Previously, he was vice president of strategic planning and alliances at Ethiopian Airlines and the chief operating officer and board member of ASKY Airlines.
Additionally, Shawl served as the ambassador of Ethiopia to France, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, and the Holy See, where he promoted Ethiopia's interests and bilateral relations.
The new MD joins Boeing from Safaricom Telecommunication Ethiopia, where he was chief external affairs and regulatory officer.
"With Boeing aeroplanes serving as the backbone of Africa's commercial fleet for over 75 years, Boeing is also playing an active role in enabling the growth of Africa's aerospace industry by investing in talent, promoting innovation and assisting in the development of an industrial and manufacturing base," said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Metaca.