Kenya Airways outgoing chief executive and Group Managing Director Titus Naikuni has been appointed as chairman of the Rift Valley Railways board with effect from November.
Mr Naikuni will head a team that has been reconstituted after a recent shareholder restructure.
“To have such a seasoned and transformational business leader chair the RVR board is a big win for the company,” said Mr Ahmed Heikal, chairman of Qalaa Holdings and leading shareholder of the railway firm.
“His insights and vast transport sector experience will be invaluable in helping RVR realise the potential of the ambitious investment and growth programme it has embarked on,” he said in a statement to newsrooms on Monday.
Mr Naikuni said he is ready to work with the board and staff at RVR to build a robust and efficient rail transport solution.
"RVR’s recent achievements, and the full funding of its investment and growth plan, demonstrate that it is uniquely positioned to become a high performing railway network that can spur trade and economic growth in the region,” he said.
Mr Naikuni joined the Kenya Airways as group CEO in 2003. He is to be replaced by Mbuvi Ngunze, who has been the airline's chief operating officer.
Prior to joining the national carrier, Naikuni was the group managing director of Magadi Soda Company. In 1999 he was appointed permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Transport and Communication as part of a team of experts engaged by government to drive economic reform.