Pi­lots join the cho­rus for an ex­pa­tri­ate to suc­ceed Ngunze

The last ex­pa­tri­ate CEO at the na­tional car­rier was Bri­ton Brian Davies who left in 1999 af­ter a seven-year suc­cess­ful ten­ure fol­low­ing pri­vati­sa­tion in 1996 through an IPO

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Kenya Air­ways pi­lots have joined ris­ing a cho­rus for an ex­pa­tri­ate to suc­ceed out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mbuvi Ngunze.

Kenya Air­line Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion, the in­flu­en­tial pi­lots union, says the next KQ boss should have “im­mense avi­a­tion in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence”. Kenya Air­ways board chair Michael Joseph has made it clear that the search for the next CEO will be “world­wide”, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in one of the dailies.

Kalpa sec­re­tary-gen­eral Paul Gichinga said the loss-mak­ing na­tional car­rier should hire an ex­pa­tri­ate with ex­pe­ri­ence in guid­ing an air­line three times larger than KQ by air­craft fleet ca­pac­ity.

KQ has a fleet of about 30 air­craft, mean­ing the pi­lots are keen on a man­ager of an air­line with about 100 planes.

“We don’t think we have some­one with the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence in Kenya or Africa. It has to be an ex­pa­tri­ate,” Gichinga said in an in­ter­view. “We don’t want a for­mer man­ager or some­one com­ing to learn on the job. We don’t want guess work.”

The last ex­pa­tri­ate CEO at KQ was Bri­ton Brian Davies who left in 1999 af­ter a seven-year stint.

If their wish is granted, the car­rier will be­come the sec­ond firm with im­mense pub­lic in­ter­est to hire an ex­pa­tri­ate in as many months. Nor­we­gian Jonny Andersen took over the helm at Kenya Air­ports Author­ity on Novem­ber 21, five months af­ter he was hired fol­low­ing a com­pet­i­tive re­cruit­ment process.

Kalpa played a cen­tral role in the ouster of board chair Den­nis Awori, who re­signed on Oc­to­ber 26, and Ngunze who is headed for the exit door by March.

The pi­lots have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Joseph, a for­mer Sa­fari­com CEO, to steer the air­line’s board in for­mu­lat­ing strate­gies to turn around the listed firm, con­trolled 29.8 per cent by the state.

“We need peo­ple who can do things dif­fer­ently and make de­ci­sions that will grow the rev­enues of the air­line,” Gichinga said.

The board an­nounced on Novem­ber 24, that Ngunze will be leav­ing in the first quar­ter of 2017, bring­ing to an end his five-year ca­reer at the loss-mak­ing na­tional car­rier.

“Mbuvi will stay on un­til a suc­ces­sor is found which is ex­pected to take some months,” Joseph said in a state­ment last month when he an­nounced the im­pend­ing exit of Ngunze.

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