Kenya Airways appoints four managers

Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz. PHOTO | FILE | NMG
Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz. PHOTO | FILE | NMG 

Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ chief executive, Sebastian Mikosz, has appointed four senior executives in an ongoing reorganisation of the airline’s management that has followed the exit of seven top executives in the past month.

Mr Mikosz, through an internal memo to staff on Friday, announced that Hellen Mwariri had been appointed the new acting chief finance officer (CFO) replacing Dick Murianki, who has moved back to head the airline’s cargo unit “at his own request.”

Dick Murianki will now head KQ Cargo. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

Dick Murianki will now head KQ Cargo. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

Teodosia Osir is the new acting general counsel and head of corporate affairs, a new department formed to, among others, oversee KQ’s strategy and special projects, public affairs, investor relations and legal.

Ms Osir was until this appointment the head of legal, a position she held for six years.


Bridgette Imbuga has taken over as the acting head the human resources department, succeeding Lucy Muhiu, who held the post (also in an acting capacity) until her exit from the company in early October.

Mr Mikosz said he has received good feedback on Ms Imbuga from KQ’s internal clients (employees), adding that she is “appreciated for her futuristic view of the airline.”

The information technology office, a new position created to enable the airline boost its communication efforts through digital platforms, will be headed by Peter Mungai in an acting capacity.

The director of IT and the digital transformation director will report to the CIO, a position Mr Mikosz says is in the process of being filled substantively.

Kevin Kinyanjui was KQ’s information systems director until early last month when he exited the business.

Mr Mikosz said the internal audit position, as well as any other unfilled positions, will remain vacant as KQ “works with a head hunter to identify suitable talent” to fill them.

“These changes mark the first wave of the business transformation journey that aims to promote internal talent,” Mr Mikosz, who himself joined the airline in June, said in the memo.

“Over the next two weeks, the chiefs will work towards finalising their departmental structures and their key mandate would be to identify and promote internal talent where possible.”

Vincent Coste, KQ’s chief commercial officer, will now also be responsible for products to the airline’s customers, including on-board catering and lounges. He will also be in charge of KQ’s relationships with external partners.

Staff haemorrhage

The appointments come on the back of a haemorrhage of senior staff at the national carrier. KQ on Thursday announced the exit of its human resources director Sammy Chepkwony after five months on the job to “pursue other interests.”

Brian Mbuti, who was until early October in charge of KQ’s in-flight and jet fuel procurement also left the carrier alongside Ms Muhiu, Ms Moraa and Mr Kinyanjui.

Christopher Oanda, who had been in charge of KQ’s supply chain department for nearly nine years, also left the company on October 16 as the managerial shake-up took hold.

“I believe that we have talent within the organisation and I am keen to continuously look internally for competent staff who can take up key roles,” Mr Mikosz said Friday when making the latest appointments.