Green Africa appoints Koteshwar as CFO

Kiran Koteshwar will next month resume as the new Group Chief Financial Officer of Green Africa, a Lagos, Nigeria-based value airline.

The industry leader with broad experience in a complex market joins Green Africa’s dedicated leadership as the company moves closer to launch.

Koteshwar has 22 years experience in the aviation industry, with vast knowledge in building and scaling a value airline in a challenging market.

He was recently the CFO at SpiceJet – India’s second largest value airline with over 100 aircraft and instrumental in the successful turn-around of SpiceJet as well as two major funding exercises for the airline.

Prior to SpiceJet, Koteshwar played a key role in launching GoAir, where he held several commercial and financial leadership positions.

Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Green Africa, Babawande Afolabi; and President/Chief Operating,Officer, Neil Mills, said, “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Kiran to the Founding Team. Green Africa is now at a critical inflection point and we are delighted that Kiran is joining forces with us as we launch Green Africa in the next few months and scale diligently over the coming years.

“He brings onboard an extensive leadership experience that will be invaluable to building Green Africa into a major industry success story.”

On his part, Koteshwar said, “Despite the challenging backdrop the industry is currently going through, the timing couldn’t be better to launch and scale a world-class value airline in Nigeria, Africa’s largest market. I’m inspired by the Green Africa story and excited by its scope. I look forward to joining hands with Babawande and Neil to lead the team to deliver on this unique journey.”

Green Africa, which is going through the Air Operator’s Certification process with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, recently placed order for 50 Airbus A220-300s.

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