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Former TelOne boss Chipo Mtasa appointed Air Zimbabwe board chair

Former TelOne managing director Chipo Mtasa, who retired in December last year, was on Monday appointed chairperson of the Air Zimbabwe board of directors.

In a statement, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona said Mtasa would be deputized by Edmund Makona, an aviation expert with more than 20 years’ experience in the sector.

“The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, F.T. Mhona (MP) wishes to advise members of the public and all stakeholders in the aviation sector that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Cde, Dr E.D Mnangagwa has approved the appointment of Dr Chipo Mtasa as the Chairperson of the Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd Board, in terms of Section 11 (9) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act [Chapter 10:31] and Article 69 of the Air Zimbabwe Articles of Incorporation. Her appointment is with effect from 06 February 2023.

“She will be deputised by Mr. Edmund Murambiwa Makona, an aviation expert who has worked in the aviation industry for more than two decades,” he said.

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Mtasa is a top-level executive with more than two decades of experience in devising and executing strategies and leading team efforts that have produced significant business turnaround in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, tourism, hospitality management and many other sectors.

She is an accomplished Chartered Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and several other postgraduate qualifications and certifications.

Mhona said Mtasa and her board were expected to turn around the national airline.

“I wish Dr. Mtasa and her Board, great success as they lead Air Zimbabwe’s recovery process, through implementation of the Air Zimbabwe 6-year Strategic Turnaround Plan, with the view to develop a dependable airline, with a robust hub and spoke network: with Harare and Victoria Falls as the main and tourist hubs respectively,” he said.