NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Sebastian Mikosz is now the new Kenya Airways CEO and Managing Director effective June 1, 2017.
Mikosz will be taking over from Mbuvi Ngunze who resigned from the airline in March this year.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sebastian Mikosz to the role of Group Managing and CEO with effect 1st June, 2017. Sebastian Mikosz has over 20 years of professional experience in executive management both in private and public sector,” KQ Chairman Michael Joseph said.
Prior to joining KQ, Mikosz has been the President and CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, the flag carrier of Poland. He has also been CEO of eSky.pl, the leading Central European Online Travel Agent.
The new CEO, who started his carrier in 1997, has also held positions of Director in Deloitte Business Consulting Warsaw Office and Vice President of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, a government agency responsible for attracting foreign investors to Poland.
“On behalf of the Board of Kenya Airways and Management, I wish to take this opportunity to offer Sebastian our most sincere congratulations on this appointment and confirm our full support,” Joseph added.
The move is among several management changes that have taken place, to revive the loss making airline. Last year Michael Joseph was appointed new Chairman replacing Denis Awori who resigned following pressure from the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA).
Senior managers who have since left the airline include Marketing Director Chris Diaz, Human Resource Director Alban Mwendar, Finance Director Alex Mbugua and Director Corporate Quality, Safety, Security and Environment Alex Avedi.
Others are Director Corporate Quality, Safety, Security and Environment Alex Avedi and Captain Paul Mwangi who was dropped as Director for Flight Operations but remains a Kenya Airways pilot.
In 2016, Kenya airways made a loss of Sh4.7 billion in half year ended September 30, 2016, a marked improvement from the Sh11.9 billion loss it posted same period last year.