TEHRAN – A woman in Iran broke another glass ceiling yesterday when Iran Air’s first female Chief Executive Officer, Farzaneh Sharafbafi officially took charge of the country’s flag carrier company. The first Iranian woman to receive a PhD in aerospace, she has been a board member at Iran Air, otherwise known as Homa.
“I hope I will be able to save the face of women in the aviation industry and make them proud,” she told the Financial Tribune on the sidelines of a formal ceremony held on the occasion of her taking office in Homa headquarters.
Addressing a crowd of government officials, Homa managers and reporters, she said Iran Air should “boost capabilities to be able to utilize the existing fleet in the best possible way.”
Among her plans, she referred to “a comprehensive renovation and restructuring of Homa”, including the hierarchical and technical structures as well as the company’s wage payment system; and also improvement of its management regarding quality, safety and security.
She said she would “improve the quality of Iran Air’s services to give the company a competitive edge in regional and global scale … through cooperation with prominent global aviation companies …, ICAO and IATA.”
During the ceremony, the company bid farewell to Farhad Parvaresh who led the airline for more than eight years, a period he described as the hardest years for the flag carrier.
Addressing the ceremony, Parvaresh said up to 60 of the company’s European bank accounts were shut after 2010, and the company had to carry cash to make and receive payments.