Rwandair Makes Aviation History, Appoints Lady As New CEO

The Rwandan government has appointed Ms. Yvonne Manzi Makolo as the new Chief Executive Officer of the country’s national carrier, RwandAir.

 

She takes over at the helm of the airline alongside a growing number of professional women from the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills‘ who hold similar leadership positions, the latest such appointment being that of Michaella Rugwizangoga as CEO of Volkswagen Rwanda.

Her substantive appointment brings to an end the interim situation over the past year when Col. Chance Ndagano was brought in as Acting CEO following the departure of John Mirenge.

Ms. Yvonne was for the past year part of the top team in the national airline, holding the position of Deputy CEO in charge of Corporate Affairs.

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Ms. Yvonne’s appointment comes at a time when RwandAir is looking to expand their African and intercontinental destination network with Abuja and Cape Town services due to be launched in April and May. Also under planning are new long haul flights to Guangzhou in China and New York in the United States.

Work is underway at present to meet the regulatory and security requirements for US flights which include having Kigali’s international airport audited by the FAA before being granted Category One status, prerequisite to launch the process for direct flights from Rwanda to the US.

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Thanks to the outgoing Acting CEO Col. Chance for the cooperation during the past year and a warm welcome to Yvonne in her new elevated position as CEO of RwandAir.