Legendary Safaricom CEO optimistic he can turn Kenya Airways’ fortunes around

November 6, 2016
Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph briefing the press on Friday/MOSES MUOKI
Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph briefing the press on Friday/MOSES MUOKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6  – Former Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph has vowed to maintain his legacy as he takes on his new role as Kenya Airways Chairman.

While admitting that restoring the national carrier’s former glory will not be easy, he maintains that it is doable.

“You know who I am. I have a legacy and I don’t intend for my legacy to be anything else than successful. I have the backing of major shareholders at the airline and we will bring Kenya Airways back,” he assured.

The former Safaricom Chief Executive Officer took over as Chairman of the national carrier following the resignation of Ambassador Dennis Awori.

The Kenya Airlines Pilots Association had accused Awori of mismanagement and threatened industrial action should he fail to resign.

Joseph revealed that his appointment to the Board came as a surprise but had by Friday, a game plan in place.

“There are areas that need to be strengthened, for instant we do not have a director of Human Resources Management, we do not have a substantive CFO, we should fill this positions as they are vital for the operations of Kenya Airways,” he stated.

Joseph left telecom giant Safaricom in 2010 having been at the helm for ten years.

From a scrappy outfit back in 2000, Joseph grew Safaricom to one of the most profitable corporate organisations in East Africa.

He takes the helm at Kenya Airways at a time when the airline has been making losses for four straight years.

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