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  • Kenya Airways

    Board Members

    The board provides strategic leadership and fiduciary oversight as it works to ensure progress toward organizational goals.

    • Person Name Michael Joseph Non-Executive Chairman

      Michael Joseph serves as a non-executive Director on the Boards of Vodacom Group South Africa, Vodacom Tanzania, Vodacom Mozambique and Safaricom Limited. Michael is currently employed by Vodafone Group Services Limited as the Director of Mobile Money and is responsible for leading the strategic growth and development of successful M-Pesa proposition across the Vodafone footprint. Michael was one of the first World Bank Fellows, appointed in March 2011 to advise Governments, Regulators and other institutions on Mobile Money and other ICT initiatives. Michael’s most recent appointment in April 2017 is non-executive Director of MFS Africa, a leading Pan-African fintech company. Previously, Michael was the founding CEO of Safaricom Limited, steering the company from a subscriber base of less than 18,000 in 2000 to over 17 million subscribers at his retirement in November 2010 making it the most successful company in East Africa. This phenomenal growth straddling nearly a decade was notable for the launch of many innovative products and services and he was behind the launch of the highly successful launch and phenomenal growth of M-Pesa and its related services. He has extensive international experience in company start-ups, the implementation and operation of large wireless and wire-line networks.

    • Person Name  Sebastian Mikosz  Group Managing Director & CEO

      Sebastian Mikosz, is a manager, with over 20 years of professional experience in executive management both in the private and public sector. He also held various non-executive roles as Supervisory Board member.

      For the last 15 months Sebastian was the CEO of eSky.pl, the leading Central European Online Travel Agent, specialized in e-distribution of travel products, operating in 15 countries worldwide and owning a proprietary technology, including mobile distribution.

      Sebastian is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of LOT Polish Airlines. LOT as the national carrier of Poland has 88 years of history and is one of the oldest airlines in the world. The company offers flights to over 90 destinations in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. LOT was the first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Sebastian Mikosz held the position of CEO of LOT twice and conducted an in depth turnaround of the company leading to it first positive results in many years.

      In years 2007 to 2009 he held the position of Director in Deloitte Business Consulting Warsaw Office. He was responsible for developing the business consulting for the public sector together with supporting the inflow and development of foreign investors in Poland.

      Between July 2003 – September 2006 he was Vice-President of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ). As a governmental agency PAIiIZ was in charge of attracting foreign investor to Poland and focus on the economic promotion of Poland. Working on a national level Sebastian conducted negotiations with the largest foreign investors in Poland. This group contained such companies as LG Philips, MAN, Gillette, Whirlpool or Michelin.

      Sebastian started his career in 1997 with Arthur Andersen office in Paris, where he specialized in investments in the emerging markets. After returning to Poland in 2000 he worked on establishing the first independent online brokerage house in Poland. A year later he became the Managing Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland (CCIFP).

      Sebastian was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LOT’s regional operator EuroLOT, operating Bombardier Q400 aircrafts and he was member of the Supervisory Boards of LOT AMS (the MRO base), WRO-LOT (regional handling company) as well as Eurobank (retail bank, part of SG Group).

       

      Sebastian is 44 and graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (IEP Paris) in France with a master’s degree in economics and finance. He’s bilingual in French and fluent speaker of English and Russian in addition to his native Polish. He’s married to Magdalena Burnat-Mikosz and has three sons. He’s book on the functioning of contemporary airlines “There is a pilot with us” was published end of July 2011 in Poland.

       

    • Person Name Dick Murianki Acting Group Finance Director

      Dick Murianki has over 15 years experience in the airline industry and over 20 years in accountancy and general management. Prior to his current acting appointment, Dick was the General Manager, Kenya Airways Cargo. He has served Kenya Airways in various managerial roles since joining the company as a Cost Accountant in 2001. He was Finance Manager, Kencargo, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways and later the Business Performance Manager for Passenger business unit. In 2005, Dick was appointed to Head the Internal Audit function and in 2008 as Head of Financial Control a role he held till 2013 when he took over as the General Manager for KQ Cargo.Prior to joining Kenya Airways, he worked with Ernst and Young Public Accountants for eight years as an accountant and business consultant. Dick is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He holds an MBA from Moi University – Kenya, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi Kenya.

    • Person Name Ron Schipper Non-Executive Director

      Mr. Ron Schipper started his career in aviation in 1969 by joining KLM as a cabin attendant. He flew for 3 years and was then transferred to cabin crew management where he worked in various management positions until 1979. He left the Netherlands in 1980 for his first posting as Manager Cabin Crew seconded to Nigeria Airways in Lagos. In 1982 he was appointed Sales Manager Kenya based in Nairobi after which he was transferred to the UK in 1984 as District manager Northern England based in Manchester. In 1986 Ron was appointed as General Manager Ghana and in 1989 he spent a brief period in France as interim General Manager France based in Paris before returning to the Netherlands to take up the appointment of Executive Secretary of the Passenger Division. In 1991 he was seconded to Antillean Airlines in Curacao as Managing Director. In 1994 Ron was appointed as VP Africa based in Johannesburg and in 2004 the Near East was added to his area of responsibility. Ron retired from KLM in 2008 and continues to live in Johannesburg. During his period as VP Africa he has been instrumental in the process to link KLM to Kenya Airways which he considers as one of the milestone in his career. Ron has served as Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce South Africa / the Netherlands, is member of the staff and remuneration committee of the KQ Board, is Board Member of Precision Air and serves as Board Member of AviAssist, a Dutch foundation with focus on African Aviation Safety.

    • Person Name Prof. Paul Mwangi Maringa Non-Executive Director

      Professor Paul Mwangi Maringa is the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Transport in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development of the Republic of Kenya. The role of the Ministry is to deliver Kenya’s ambitious plans to have a world class transport and logistics system for the country that will contribute to the realization of Kenya’s national vision to be middle income country before 2030. Prior to his appointment as Principal Secretary, he was the Strategic Advisor for Planning and Project Management of Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to this he was the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Kigali, Rwanda.

      Professor Maringa is credited with having pioneered the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design (FAED) at KIST in Rwanda.

        Professor Maringa holds a Bachelor’s degree of Architecture from the University of Nairobi, a Masters of Arts in Planning (Urban & Regional Planning) from the University of Nairobi and is a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Planning (PHD) from JKUAT.

    • Person Name Nicholas Bodo Non-Executive Director

      Nicholas Bodo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Osmania University, India. He is a Certified Public Secretary (K) and holds a Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Aviation Academy and a Certificate in Air Law from the Egyptian Aviation Academy. He is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Laikipia University.  Started his career as an Administrator as an Assistant Secretary III and rose through the ranks to Senior Assistant Secretary before changing profession to become Chief Air Transport Officer. He is a Deputy Director, Air Transport in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development. He has also been Acting Director General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority from December, 2008 to July, 2009 and Acting Managing Director, Kenya Airports Authority from July 2016 to November 2016 . He currently Heads the Air Transport Division in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.


    • Person Name Dr. Kamau Thugge Non-Executive Director

      Dr. Kamau Thugge is the first Principal Secretary, National Treasury. Prior to his appointment as Principal Secretary, he worked as a Senior Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance from the year 2010. He has also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in various capacities for over 21 years. He was the Head of the Fiscal and Monetary Affairs Department, Treasury between 2004 to 2005, and the Economic Secretary and Head of Economic Affairs Department, Treasury between 2005 and 2008. He has represented the Permanent Secretary, Finance on the Boards of the Central Bank of Kenya, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Kenya, the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Capital Markets Authorities.

    • Person Name Jos Veenstra Non-Executive Director

      Jos Veenstra, is a Chartered Accountant. After completing his studies in Business Economics at the University of Groningen in 1991 he worked with KPMG as an auditor. He joined KLM in 1996. He has served in various financial positions for KLM in the Netherlands. During the last four years, he was Vice President Finance and Control for the Engineering and Maintenance division of KLM. He is currently also a board member for KLM UK Engineering Limited as well as EPCOR BV. Currently he is the Holding manager for KLM and responsible for the monitoring of KLM’s corporate holdings. He is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee.

    • Person Name Major General (rtd) Michael Gichangi Non-Executive Director

      Major General (rtd) Michael Gichangi joined the Kenya Air Force as a pilot in 1975, and rose through the ranks serving in all its flying operations hierarchy command positions. He retired from the military in 2006 as the Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy at the Defence Headquarters, on being appointed the Director General of The National Intelligence Service.

      During his military and public service careers, he has been involved in, participated or been party to numerous security, diplomatic and social economic initiatives at the national, regional and international levels and fora.

      He holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management from Griffith University in Australia and is a graduate of the National Defence College. He has participated in many management and operational related courses, workshops and conferences and has also served as Instructor at the Defence Staff College. He has a Commercial Pilots License from the Federal Aviation Authority of The United States of America and one from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, and is a qualified flying instructor.

      In recognition of his service to the nation, he has been honoured as an Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart and a Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Order medal for an act of Valour while flying in the Kenya Air Force.

      He is married to Jaine Waceke and they have two adult children and two teenagers. His hobbies are reading, farming and playing golf.

      Since leaving the office of the Head of the National Intelligence Service in 2014, he has been pursuing and managing his personal and family interests.   

    • Person Name Caroline Armstrong Non-Executive Director

      Caroline Armstrong’s career has spanned 19 years, two continents and four financial institutions, both multi-national and local. She started her career as a management trainee with ABN AMRO Bank and has worked hard to rise through the ranks to become a senior executive in the banking industry. During her career she has had the benefit of managing a team of over 400 people and a team spanning five countries within the region. Her skills as both a leader and a strategic thinker able to translate broad concepts into specific actions enable her to perform her current role as the Director, Strategic Projects at the Housing Finance group of companies where she is responsible for the implementation of high impact projects that enable the achievement of business strategy. Voted as one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women under 40 she serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Housing Finance Foundation board whose key project is the creation of an Army of 1 million Artisans, a Vision 2030 flagship project. She also served as the Vice-Chairperson on Kenya’s Mining Task Force that was responsible for reviewing all licences issued within the industry and determining their validity as well as providing recommendations for the country’s national mining policy. During her lengthy and broad career, which has also seen her work at Citibank N.A. and Barclays Bank, she has acquired certain critical skills that include strategic thinking, cross-functional leadership, people and talent management and growth, quality management and an ability to underpin this with a focus on governance and controls.

    • Person Name Jason Kap-kirwok Non-Executive Director

      Jason Kap-Kirwok, Kap in short, is the Senior Regional Director and Head of the EAC-TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Partnership Programme based in Arusha, Tanzania. In this position, he is a member of the senior management team of TMEA. Prior to this appointment, Kap was the Kenya Country Director for TMEA. Kap joined TradeMark East Africa from SBP Consult – a consultancy he set up in 2004 and through which he consulted for airlines across Africa, among others. His last assignment before joining TMEA was a long-term contract with the World Bank to support the 19 countries of the Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA) to integrate regional and national strategic planning. Kap was also the Senior Director and Head of Corporate Strategy and Operational Change for Heifer International, a US-based development organisation with a historical footprint in 125 countries. Kap has also worked for the Kenya Airways Group as the Group Director for Corporate Strategy and Industry Affairs, and the Chief of Strategic Planning and Research for the 20- member Common Market for East And Southern Africa, COMESA. He has served in boards of many organizations including in the strategy committee of the Nairobi Stock Exchange and the now defunct KenCargo Airlines. He has taught air transport management as a visiting lecturer for the City University of London, and financial management and creative writing at Daystar University as a part-time lecturer. Besides being an author (he has published five books), he is passionate about social justice and comments on economics and politics in his capacity as a newspaper columnist – currently for the Star Newspaper and previously as Sunday Standard columnist. His book, I Blame the Sky, won the 2013 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, Children’s English Category. He has also published two poetry collections (Heartbeats of the Mind; and Loud Monologues, Silent Dialogues), a novella for young adults (The Heart is a Reluctant Nomad), and a collection of opinion articles (Telling it to the Birds). He has a forthcoming Novel – The Speed of Sin – scheduled for publishing in early 2016. He, with the help of friends, helped build the first modern school library for Chemoge Secondary School in Mt Elgon sub-County. For this and other contributions in the education sector, he was nominated by Bungoma County and honoured during 2014 National Heroes Day (Mashujaa Day) in October 2014. Kap-kirwok is a graduate of University of Nairobi (BSc), Eastern University (MBA), Wharton Business School (certificate in strategy) and University of Cape Town University (certificate in leadership).


    • Person Name Festus W. King’ori Non-Executive Director

      King’ori is the Alternate to the Principal Secretary/National Treasury. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and is finalizing an MBA from JKUAT. He also holds a post graduate certificate in Investment Appraisal and Management from Harvard University, among others. He has also undergone extensive training in general management, strategic leadership and financial management. He has extensive experience in public policy, particularly with regard to public investments, gained form local and international institutions, having worked on secondment by the GoK to the World Bank. Mr. King’ori has served on several other boards in the same capacity. He is trained in corporate governance and is a full member of the Kenya Institute of Management. He is 52 years old.