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Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Ngunze Resigns

Kenya Airways’ chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze has today announced his resignation as the group MD and the CEO of Kenya Airways and will leave the airline early next year.

Chairman Michael Joseph said “Today, Mbuvi is announcing that he will be leaving KQ effective first-quarter 2017.” After five years he “felt it was a natural point in the company’s evolution to pass on the baton.”

Ngunze will remain in post until a successor is found, the airline said.

The selection of the next CEO will be a thoughtful process led by myself together with the Board Governance and Nominations committee, which will focus on producing the right outcomes to lead KQ into its next chapter. I hope to complete this process within the next 3 months and I have already started the process to search for and identify the right candidate with the relevant airline experience."

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) had in October this year, issued a strike notice calling for what they called “a comprehensive change of guard” in the airline's leadership.

Although the strike was halted by a court order, KALPA kept calling for the resignation of Ngunze and chairman Dennis Awori, with vote of no confidence in them. Awori bowed to pressure and stepped down as the chairman of the airline and was replaced by Michael Joseph.

Mbuvi Ngunze joined Kenya Airways in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and took over as Group managing Director & CEO in November 2014.

He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program (PMD75).

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