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Kenya Airways in search of HR Director as recovery plan takes off

In a press statement, the airline indicated that that the threat is already costing Kenya Airways significant losses as passengers have begun to make cancellations immediately the action was published/FILE

The airline’s turnaround strategy, ‘Operation Pride’, includes management and operational changes.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Kenya Airways has initiated its turnaround strategy by moving to fill and replace substantial management positions.

The national airline, through advisory firm Deloitte, has advertised for the positions of HR director, one of the positions KQ Chairman Michael Joseph had said was essential to the airline’s recovery plan.

Top management overhaul was also one of the conditions the Kenya Airlines Pilots Association had demanded in their negotiations with the government and Board of the airline.

However, Joseph announced later that Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze would be staying to steer the airline towards recovery but added the position of Chief Finance Officer needs a substantive holder.

The HR Director, who will report to the Chief Executive Officer, is required to have 12 years experience, 5 of which should be in senior management.

Meanwhile, having already recruited a commercial director, the airline is also recruiting a Project Financial Manager who will be charged with overseeing the ongoing financial and operational restructuring.

There has been renewed optimism after the airline cut its losses by 60 percent to Sh4.7bn from Sh11.9bn last year.

“The airline’s turnaround strategy, ‘Operation Pride’ continues to be the main focus of the company going forward. It is a comprehensive programme endorsed by our key shareholders including the Government of Kenya and KLM,” Mbuvi said.

The airline is planning to introduce 30 new flight frequencies across the network this year, mainly in the continent.

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