Green Africa Airways Appoints Senior Executive Advisor
Green Africa Airways has announced the appointment of Mr. Virasb Vahidi, former Chief Commercial Officer of American Airlines, as Senior Executive Advisor to the Company. In this advisory capacity, he will be working closely with Mr. Babawande Afolabi, founder & CEO of Green Africa Airways as the new carrier finalizes its launch plans.
As Chief Commercial Officer at American Airlines, Mr. Vahidi was a principal architect in the largest and most successful restructuring in the aviation industry. He had responsibilities for fleet planning, network optimization, revenue management, customer insights and loyalty, sales, marketing, and communications. He also led the modernization of American Airlines’ fleet with the industry’s largest aircraft order that in a few years will create the most modern, fuel-efficient fleet in the business.
Mr. Vahidi’s diverse business experiences further include serving as CEO of Otter Media where he led the online media firm’s operations and strategy. He also played senior roles in finance, corporate strategy, planning and investor relations at AT&T. He played a key role in crafting and executing AT&T/SBC merger and integration. Following his tenure at AT&T, he served as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Phorm, a London-based technology company.
Mr. Babawande Afolabi, founder & CEO of Green Africa Airways said, “We are incredibly delighted that Virasb has accepted to join us on this exciting journey. We believe that his globally distinguished level of thought leadership and industry expertise will be extremely valuable to making Green Africa Airways a success story.”
“I am inspired by the vision behind Green Africa Airways. I look forward to working with Babawande as he leads the G-Team to build Green Africa Airways into a world-class value airline that will create new possibilities for several millions of customers in the region,” said Mr. Vahidi.
Mr. Vahidi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences from the University of California – San Diego and an MBA from Paris ENPC School of International Management.