The Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited Board of Directors has announced that Mr Edmund Makona has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Airline with effect from 1st November 2023. Mr Makona has been appointed in terms of Section 14 (4) (b) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10:31) for an effective 5-year term. At the time of his appointment, Mr Makona was the Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Makona is a top-notch regional and international aviation expert and consultant with over 38 years of experience. He has been an Aviation consultant with an aeronautical engineering background, a type–rated licensed aircraft engineer, an aviation quality, safety, and security expert, and a trainer for the aircraft engineers and pilots ground school.
Mr Makona also served both as President and Executive Committee Member of the African Airline Association. He is currently the Ambassador of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) for the Africa Southern Region on the African Union (AU) initiative regarding the liberalisation of the African skies.
“The Board is keen on unlocking value from Mr Makona`s diverse expertise and vast experience. We are confident that he will complement the Board`s vision to turn around the national carrier and reposition it to become a strategic, competitive, and viable airline for the country,” Air Zimbabwe’s board of directors said in a statement.