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Kenya Airways Executives Resign as Expatriates Take Over

Four senior executives of Kenya Airways have resigned after the airline’s new Polish CEO, Mr Sebastian Mikosz, hired five former employees of Lot Polish Airlines to help drive the airline's turnaround plan.

The resignation which took effects on October 4 may not be unconnected with the tension, fear and uncertainty among workers who see Mr Sebastian Mikosz's action as a move targeted at staff employed under former CEOs.

Those who left the airline included Head of internal audit Catherine Moraa, head of employee relations Lucy Muhiu, information systems director Kevin Kinyanjui and in-flight and jet fuel procurement officer Brian Mbuti.

In September, we reported that shake-up of senior management staff at Kenya Airways was imminent following the hiring of five new executives from Poland by the airline's new Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz.

The five expatriates who all previously worked for LOT Polish Airlines, were hired effective 1 September and included Monika Kietyka-Michna, Edyta Kijewska-Teny, Magdalena Serwach, Marcin Celejewski and Micha Mierciak.

According to a Kenya Airways source, Moraa, Muhiu and Kinyanjui all served the airline for over 12 years and made important contributions to the airline’s operation under former CEOs Titus Naikuni and Mbuvi Ngunze.

Kenya Airways had in May announced the appointment of Mr Sebastian Mikosz to the role of Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer to drive the airline's restructuring and turnaround programe.

Mr Sebastian Mikosz, who had previously served twice as President and CEO of LOT Polish Airline, replaced the immediate past GMD and CEO, Mbuvi Ngunze who held the post for two years.


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