Yvonne Manzi Makolo was appointed the Chief Executive of RwandAir.
Her appointment by President Paul Kagame was part of a recent cabinet reshuffle. Until her elevation to the top seat, Makolo was the airline’s Deputy CEO in charge of Corporate Affairs.
Her appointment fills a vacancy that forced government to appoint Col. Chance Ndagano as Acting CEO following the departure of John Mirenge.
Ms Makolo has been working with the airline holding the position of Deputy CEO in Charge of Corporate Affairs since April Last year.
Makolo previously worked with MTN Rwanda.She rose through the ranks at MTN-Rwanda to the position of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at a point serving as acting CEO.
“I decided to move to Rwanda in 2003 where I worked with a World Bank project; an NGO called World Links, to computerize schools and train teachers on how to use computers. I joined MTN in 2006,” she told The New Times, a local daily in 2016.
RwandAir operates 25 destinations across Africa Asia and Europe with more in the offing.
Plans to launch direct flights to China are in the advanced stages, with the maiden flight scheduled for mid this year.
The airline has also set its sight on flying to the US and Israel in addition to linking more Africa cities to its network.