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  • Kenya Airways

    Business Leadership Team

    Want to see our Executive Leadership Team? You can learn about our team members, their work experiences, schooling and other board memberships.

    • Person Name Sebastian Mikosz- Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

      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

      Until his appointment Mr Dick Murianki was the General Manager, Kenya Airways Cargo. Mr Murianki has been in the airline industry for over 12 years and served in various roles including as a Finance Manager, Commercial Business Performance Manager, and Head of Financial Control prior to his current role as General Manager for the cargo business in Kenya Airways.
      Prior to joining Kenya Airways, he worked with Ernst and Young Public Accountants for over 8 years in accountancy and business consultancy roles. Mr Murianki holds an MBA from Moi University – Kenya, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi.

    • Person Name Jan de Vegt Chief Operating Officer

      Jan de Vegt became the airline’s Chief Operating Officer on 1st August 2016. Jan joined Kenya Airways from Cobalt Ground Solutions in the UK where he was the Managing Director. He has been at Senior Managerial level for the last 22 years. Janstarted with KLM in 1978 in accounting, from there he moved to IT. In 1988 he got his Master’s degree in Dutch Law. He became involved in the operation of cargo, worked on development of new cargo buildings and got involved with procurement. He became Director of Operations for the Benelux, UK and Ireland in 1994.
      In 1999 he moved back to the Netherland and became Vice President Worldwide Cargo Operations, amongst others responsible for running KLM’s hub at Amsterdam, exploitation of freighter and trucking network, introduction of the new 747-400F, procurement for the whole Cargo division. During this period he also became vice-chairman of AEA Cargo. He was also chairman of the board of CSC India (Cargo handling company in BOM/DEL) and Blue Crown (KLM inhouse broker). In 2006 he moved to Singapore again, this time as Vice President Asia Pacific for Air France Cargo/KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo. In 2012 he moved to the UK to manage Cobalt Ground Solution, a handling company jointly owned by KLM and Air France. Jan de Vegt holds a Master degree in Dutch Law with special subject: Air and Space Law.

    • Person Name Sammy Chepkwony- Human Resource Director

      Sammy Chepkwony  has more than 20 years senior management experience gained in various sectors. He started his career has a Human Resources Consultant where he served clients in both public and private sectors across East Africa for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He advised clients in all areas of human resources such as recruitment, training, job evaluation, reward management, business process improvement, policy development and public sector reform.

       In 1999, he joined Nairobi Bottlers Ltd, one of Africa’s largest Coca Cola bottling operations. As Human Resources Manager providing the full range of human resource services to the business, he was also involved in business improvement efforts that included the consolidation of Coca Cola SABCO’s Kenyan operations.

       Sammy then in 2003 joined Magadi Soda Company Ltd, Africa’s top producer and exporter of Soda Ash. As Director of Human Resources, he was responsible for both the human resources function and the award winning corporate social responsibility programme. Between 2004 and 2006, he led the human resources aspects of the Company’s  multi-million dollar expansion programme. After being away for 4 years, he  re-joined the Company (now rebranded Tata Chemicals Magadi) where he was till he came to  Kenya Airways in 2017. During this time, he was also the Chairman of Tata Chemicals Magadi Provident Fund and a member of the Board of Trustees of Magadi Soda Foundation.

       In 2008, went to one of the leading organisations in the agricultural sector, James Finlay Kenya Ltd as Human Resources Director, a role that also covered the then newly acquired Homegrown Kenya Ltd. In addition to the improvement of the human resources function, he was instrumental in ensuring that consolidation synergies with Homegrown were delivered.

      Sammy has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA degrees from the University of Nairobi, is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Resources Management of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Directors. He has attended numerous courses locally and overseas on leadership, human resources and business management. He has also been a speaker in various conferences and seminars.

      Sammy is keen on establishing a conducive work environment and enjoys working with workers unions and management teams to ensure this is achieved.  He is also passionate about achieving a high level of employee engagement as key driver of business success.

    • Person Name Vincent Coste -Commercial Director

      International senior executive with extensive experience in delivering profitable growth and improving performance in the Aviation Industry. Vincent has worked across 7 countries in different continents.
      I have effectively led large teams of people in both commercial and general management positions in large multinational groups (Air France-KLM, Qatar Airways and now Kenya Airways). My main focus is to achieve ambitious revenue and cost targets in highly competitive environments by creating effective and motivated teams dedicated to revenue growth across all channels. I have driven innovation and change in all my roles by successfully involving all the key players (including top management) around key goals. My main strengths are enthusiasm and consistency.

      Leadership
      Strong track record of success in leading and transforming organizations to meet and exceed revenue targets in highly competitive environments. Ability to translate a business vision into an operational plan and to motivate internal teams and partners.

      Sales & Marketing
      Building, implementing and following up efficient marketing and sales plans in multichannel environments: E-commerce and internet enabled distribution, corporate segment, agents and brokers. Negotiation of complex deals: multi-millions corporate contracts (France, Europe, USA, Latin America, Asia) and strategic incentive contracts with key distributors.

      International focus
      During my years with Air France KLM, I covered the European continent as well as the US and Latin American marketplaces. At Qatar Airways, I was responsible of the Middle East, Asia, and the South West Pacific regions. Since I started at Kenya Airways, I cover the Globe with a strong focus on Africa.

    • Person Name Thomas Omondi Achola- Strategy & Performance Management Director


      Thomas is Director Strategy and Performance Management, since October 2015. He is also the Chief Transformation Officer since January 2017.Additional to his strategy role; he was also responsible in the interim for the Commercial Department in the Airline for a period of one year between October 2015 and November 2016. 

      Prior to that he was Head of Human Resources Relationship Management from April 2014 and Head of Operations Control, from January 2008, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. He helped set-up JamboJet, the low cost subsidiary airline of Kenya Airways, as its General Manager, from May 2011-to April 2014, in addition to his responsibilities as Head of Operations Control.

      In January 2009 he was appointed as acting Head of Cargo Operations, for a period of 7 months in addition to his Head of Operations Control role. Prior to the above roles, he had been Head of Information Systems (IS) Development since Joining the Airline in February 2005. 

      Prior to joining Kenya Airways, he had worked in other leading organizations in Kenya as, Head of IT and Strategy Implementation, Regional Manager for ERP Software for Africa, Finance and Administration Manager.

        Thomas attended the University of Nairobi and graduated with a Bsc. Degree in mathematics in 1995 and an MBA degree majoring in Accounting and Finance in the Year 2000.He also has an  MBA in General Management from the renown IESE Business School in Spain,  where he was on a Global leader Scholarship awarded by the IESE Alumni. Thomas has Part I, II, and III (Information Management, Audit and Assurance Services, Business Analysis and Governance, Risk&Ethics) Qualifications attained from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK).He also passed the examination for Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA) in 2001. 

      He has attended other Executive development programmes at Gordon Institute of Business Science-University of Pretoria, at General Electric’s Crotonville Center in New York, an ‘MBA’ course in low cost airlines offered by The MBA training company in London and Leadership development programmes organized by London Business School and by Rolls-Royce on site. Thomas was also a part-time lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya in 2014-15.

             

    • Person Name Francis Musila -Ground Services Director

      Francis Musila has been in the airline industry for over 9 years. He is currently the Director for Ground Services; where he looks after airport operations in all the countries the airline flies to. He is based at the hub, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Francis is an energetic and self-driven individual with over 20 years work experience in banking and aviation, and has a tremendous capacity for efficiency and goal achievement.
      Prior to his current Ground Services role, Francis held the position of Head of Operations Control where he coordinated the network wide operations of the airline, including driving On Time Performance. He also took a Flight Dispatch course to better understand the Flight Operations environment. As Head of Fleet Development, he presided over a fleet renewal and growth programme that doubled the aircraft fleet size to meet the airlines network growth requirements. He also ably led the introduction of the new aircraft into the airline.
      Francis recently attained an IATA diploma in Airline Management confirming him as a consummate airline professional. He has attended several management courses, including notable ones such as the Executive Development Programme with GIBS, SA and Building Tomorrow’s Leader Programme with the London Business School, UK.
      After primary and high school education in Kenya, Francis graduated from the renowned Cranfield University, UK where he earned an MSc in Gas Turbine Technology. His undergraduate course was in Aeronautical Engineering from the Manchester University, also in the UK.
      Francis has proven his versatility through his successful career changes from his field of training to the finance arena and then back to his passion – Engineering & Management. Throughout his working career, he has been heavily involved in Operations, Projects and People management, maintaining a keen interest in efficiency, process improvement and coaching. He is married with three children and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.