, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – Kenya Airways (KQ) has intensified the search for a new Chief Executive Officer through an advertisement for the position, as Titus Naikuni prepares to retire in November this year.
The national carrier is looking for a business leader with experience in driving aggressive and sustainable growth, managing complex capital intensive businesses and delivering operational and safety excellence.
The candidate should also have 10 to 15 years experience in senior management and a minimum of 10 years as an Executive Director.
The KQ Board of Directors extended Naikuni’s term for another year in November last year due to the various projects that the airline was handling.
Naikuni joined Kenya Airways in February 2003. Before that, he was the Managing Director for Magadi Soda Company and was also a member of a team of World Bank sponsored Kenyan technocrats, known as the “Dream Team” that was engaged during the Moi regime to turn around the economy.
He also served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications between August 1999 and March 2001.
Naikuni’s departure comes at a time when the company has launched its 10 year growth strategy ‘Project Mawingu’, a huge investment in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to bring a more modern, comfortable and connected experience in the air and on the ground to its customers.
The airline is set to receive the first of its six Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes on April 4, 2014.
This is part of its fleet and route expansion plan.
The second B777-300ER will be received in May followed by a receipt of five other state-of-the-art Dreamliner planes within the course of the year and will increase the number of direct flights and frequencies to new and existing major destinations.