Tourism sector expected to have bigger input in airline’s growth plans
Long-time aviator and former airline executive to chair new RwandAir board
Jan 17, 2012
KIGALI, Rwanda - In line with its expansion plans, the national carrier, RwandAir, has unveiled a new Board of Directors who will steer the airline forward under the chairmanship of the newly-appointed Mr. Girma Wake. The Rwanda Development Board’s Head of Tourism and Conservation, Ms. Rica Rwigamba, also joins the new board as a board member. Ms. Rwigamba’s input and experience in the tourism sector will be vital in aligning the airline’s growth plans with the country’s overall tourism agenda.
The full board of RwandAir will now include Mr. Girma Wake – Board Chairman, Ms. Rica Rwigamba, Ms. Isabelle Kalihangabo, Mr. Caleb Rwamugaza, Ms. Laurence Mukarugwiza, Mr. Sudadi Kaitana, and Mr. Theo Demeyo Uwayu.
Mr. Wake joins the board of RwandAir after having served Ethiopian Airlines for 37 years - 15 of them as Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Ethiopian Airlines became one of the best airlines in the world and underwent massive expansion and modernization.
The reconstitution of the new Board of Directors for RwandAir comes at a time when the government of Rwanda is positioning itself to attract more travel and investment into the country. The national carrier is seen as a vital link in the country’s ambitious growth plans, especially its plans to grow tourism and attract foreign direct investments.