Mbuvi Ngunze: GMD And CEO, Kenya Airways
Mbuvi Ngunze is the Group Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways. Mr Mbuvi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree accounting option from the University of Nairobi.
He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program (PMD75).
He joined Price Waterhouse in Nairobi in 1990 and was seconded to Manchester in the United Kingdom where he was articled. In the UK, he started off as an Audit Assistant and left 5 years later as an Assistant Manager. In 1995, he rejoined Price Waterhouse in Kenya as Audit Manager, leading audits of various blue chip companies, and also involved in training and recruitment.
In 1998, he joined Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge subsidiary) as Finance Manager and was promoted to the Finance Director’s position in February 1999. He held this position up to March 2002 when he was appointed Managing Director Hima Cement Uganda (Lafarge).
In May 2006, he moved to the headquarters of Lafarge in Paris. He first took up the role of Mission Director in the Group Audit Department for six months, and then was appointed Group Vice President Internal Communications in November 2006. In March 2009, he was appointed General Manager for Lafarge’s operations in Tanzania (Mbeya Cement).
He joined Kenya Airways in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and took over as Group managing Director & CEO in November 2014.
Mbuvi has extensive Board room experience having served on the Boards of Bamburi Cement (from 1999), Hima Cement, Mbeya Cement, and serving as Secretary to the East African Cement Producers Association.
He is currently the Chair of the Committee of African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and The Chair of the Kenya Association of Airline Operators. He sits on the the Board of JamboJet Limited, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and is a member of the Board of Governors of IATA.