“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mbuvi Ngunze, who is the current chief operating officer in KQ to the role of group managing director and CEO of Kenya Airways Limited, with effect from 1 December 2014,” Evans Mwaniki, Chairman at Kenya Airways said.

The national carrier’s board of directors sought to engage the services of an international executive search firm to aid the board in searching for a successor to Naikuni as CEO in January 2014.

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According to Mwaniki, the board of directors reached an undisputed decision on electing Ngunze as the new MD/CEO.

“The board has initiated the process of recruiting a COO in the shortest possible time,” Mwaniki said.

Mwaniki called upon the full support from people for Ngunze as he takes the leadership of the company’s day to day activities and wished Naikuni all the best as he prepares for his retirement.

Naikuni was recently recognised for his contribution to the aviation industry in Africa and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Services to African Aviation Development during the just concluded African Aviation Summit 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Kenya Airways one of Africa’s largest airlines has recorded tremendous growth in revenue and passenger numbers, as well as massive expansion fleet and network of destinations.