A statement from KWS said his successor will be announced at a later date and Chairman David Mwiraria said that the Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team are committed to ensuring a smooth transition.
Mwiraria acknowledged that Kipng’etich has given KWS great leadership and spearheaded important initiatives over the past eight years.
“Under his leadership, KWS has transformed from a poorly run and managed organisation to a tower of strength that is emulated by others and a giant to reckon with in management and the conservation industry,” he said.
Kipng’etich joined KWS as Director in 2005 after stepping down as the Managing Director of the Investment Promotion Council.
“In a bid to ensure world class parks, he has greatly improved the management of parks, while giving conservation a strong scientific approach, resulting in safer and more pleasurable experiences within Kenya’s wildlife protected areas,” Mwiraria said.
“I have enjoyed every one of my eight years in this great organisation and I leave it today in position for a strong future,” he said.
“I am proud of my fellow employees and I wish them the very best,” he added.
He is a member of the Kenya Tourist Board, and serves on the boards of Kenya Forestry Authority, Equity Bank, Police Oversight Board, Moi Girls Eldoret, Starehe Girls, Starehe Boys, Red Cross, a Member of the Mau Task Force and the Steering Committee for the Marketing of Kenya Stadia prior to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Mwiraria said that he was proud of Kipng’etich’s accomplishments and wished him well in the future.
“I have no doubt that the team that is left behind have the capability and the competence to drive the business of the organisation to greater heights,” he added.