The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), has announced that Aaron Munetsi is the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation with effect from 27 September 2021
Munetsi takes the helm from Wrenelle Stander who is leaving the industry body to take up a new position with Wesgro, promoting and developing in tourism and economic development in the Western Cape.
“Aaron is reputed for his industry knowledge and formidable network of relationships that he has built over his more than 30 years of commercial and aeropolitical experience in the airline industry. He has worked in southern, eastern and west Africa as well as the Middle East for airlines in the public and private sector, with industry bodies and as a consultant on aeropolitical affairs, all of which make him a natural fit and a great asset for AASA as its new CEO,” said AASA chairperson, Elmar Conradie.
“I am looking forward to leading AASA and building on the solid base that has been prepared by my predecessors and the its team. I intend to apply my broad industry experience to finding common ground with policy makers, legislators, regulators and our industry partners in developing solutions to the key issues facing airlines throughout the Southern Africa Development Community,” said Munetsi.
Munetsi holds diplomas and certificates in marketing, strategic management and leadership from the University of Zimbabwe, University of Witwatersrand graduate business school and the Gordon Institute for Business Studies.
He held several commercial management positions at South African Airways, including regional manager for Africa and the Middle East and as its acting chief commercial officer. For 10 years Munetsi served on the board of Nigeria-South Africa chamber of business and After leaving SAA in 2018 he joined the African Airlines Association for a stint as its director: government, legal and industry affairs. For the past year he has been working as an aeropolitical and business strategy advisor to airlines.
AASA, represents most of the airlines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region on matters of common interest. Its members include airport and air navigation service operators, aircraft and engine manufacturers, ground handlers, fuel suppliers and other role-players across the air transport value chain.