Mbuvi Ngunze - Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mbuvi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree accounting option from the University of Nairobi. He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program (PMD75). He joined Price Waterhouse in Nairobi in 1990 and was seconded to Manchester in the United Kingdom where he was articled. In the UK, he started off as an Audit Assistant and left 5 years later as an Assistant Manager. In 1995, he rejoined Price Waterhouse in Kenya as Audit Manager, leading audits of various blue chip companies, and also involved in training and recruitment.
In 1998, he joined Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge subsidiary) as Finance Manager and was promoted to the Finance Director’s position in February 1999. He held this position up to March 2002 when he was appointed Managing Director Hima Cement Uganda (Lafarge). In May 2006, he moved to the headquarters of Lafarge in Paris. He first took up the role of Mission Director in the Group Audit Department for six months, and then was appointed Group Vice President Internal Communications in November 2006. In March 2009, he was appointed General Manager for Lafarge’s operations in Tanzania (Mbeya Cement).
He joined KQ in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer.
Mbuvi has extensive Board room experience having served on the Boards of Bamburi Cement (from 1999), Hima Cement, Mbeya Cement, and serving as Secretary to the East African Cement Producers Association. He is currently a board member of JamboJet Limited, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a member of Board of Governors of IATA and a member of the Executive Committee of African Airlines Association. (AFRAA).
Yves Guibert - Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Guibert holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Mathematics, and a degree in Business and Administration from Paris Sorbone University. Between 1989 and 1995, Mr.Guibert worked for Air France as an Assistant Station Manager and would replace any Airport Manager during their absence due to his excellent adaptability and interpersonal skills to adapt to numerous airports set up and various cultures. Between 1998 and 2001, he worked as the Station Manager in Johannesburg, where he achieved many great things among them being to open South Africa for Virgin Atlantic and managed the operation. In 2001, he was promoted to an Airport Manager (West Africa) where he motivated a team and a territory unexposed to Virgin Atlantic. In 2005 to 2006, he was the Head of Grounds Services and was the part of senior management team. He was Director of Customer Services from 2006 until his appointment as Kenya Airways Ground Service Director.
Chris Diaz - Marketing & Corporate Communications Director
Chris Diaz has diverse experience in managing global brands. He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing, attained a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting, a Diploma in Marketing and a Master of Science in International Marketing (UK). Chris has done executive leadership development certification in the US and UK for global brand leadership and holds a chartered and FCIM status. He has served as a trustee and director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s largest Marketing and professional sales body making a difference for global standards. Additionally he is a member of the Brand Kenya Board where he is charged with the responsibility of giving strategic input in activities to position Kenya positively to the rest of the world. He was awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC) and was honored by the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) with the Warriors and Fellows Award 2009, for successful marketing and supporting growth of world class brands. Chris Diaz has significant experience in the FMCG sector and has a strong grasp of marketing to a global audience. Prior to joining Kenya Airways he served BIDCO Group as the Group Marketing Director, overseeing functions in Communications, Corporate Affairs and Business Development across different countries. He sits on the board of BIDCO as a non-Executive board member. He worked as a Director at CMC Motors Group where he won the Chairman's trophy over 5 times for outstanding Regional profit, transport solutions and business team leadership. He is currently serving at the African Marketing Confederation and is presently a board member of the World Marketing Summit Group contributing to global leaders’ marketing strategy and communications best standards.
Kevin Kinyanjui - Information Systems Director
Mr. Kinyanjui joined Kenya
Airways in February 2004. He has 30 years experience in the Information
Technology field including at management consulting firm, Price Waterhouse; at
Bamburi Cement Ltd; in the banking sector and more than 10 years in the airline
As an IT management
consultant, he carried out numerous management consultancy assignments in the
finance, hospitality, manufacturing and service industries in both private and
public sector organisations. These organisations were spread out beyond Kenya
in other African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and
Ethiopia. As Group IS Manager at Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge Group company)
for all group companies in Kenya and Uganda he was instrumental in strategy
formulation, shifting the group to an end user computing environment;
implementing integrated ERP and manufacturing systems and putting in place a
complete IT organization. Mr Kinyanjui was the first IT Director at Housing
Finance where he oversaw similar planning and implementation activities for
banking business systems. This included the evaluation and selection of a
completely new banking system platform.
In 2001, the Computer
Society of Kenya awarded him the Chairman’s Achievement Award in recognition of
his achievements in the IT field. He has attended many technical IT and
management courses both locally and abroad, most recently an Executive
Development Programme from Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS) of
University of Pretoria. During his tenure at Kenya Airways he has led the
airline in implementation of very many systems, including but not limited to:
Oracle ERP, e-ticketing, Amadeus Altea suite of passenger service systems, web
services for its customers, revenue management and network planning systems,
and cargo management systems. This has led the airline to be awarded
various CIO East Africa awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Mr Kinyanjui was
awarded the CIO of the Year Award from CIO East Africa in 2014.
Martyn Haines - Technical Director Director
Martyn joined Kenya Airways in August 2015. An experienced leader with 37 years in various Maintenance and Engineering roles, he joined from Virgin Atlantic where he had served for 25 years, and most recently as General Manager Engineering Services and EASA Part M Post holder. Some of his time included a secondment between 2006 and 2007 in Lagos as Head of Technical Services whilst setting up Virgin Nigeria. Starting his career in aviation as an apprentice engineer in 1978 with British Caledonian and then British Airways, he moved into Technical Services & Planning, and Fleet Management roles, where he is experienced in safety management, delivery of cabin product innovations, new fleet introductions, and change programmes. Having participated and led industry steering committees in Maintenance Programme development, he is a Licensed Engineer by trade, and most recently studied at the Cranfield University School of Management in 2010.
- Thomas Omondi- Achola- Strategy &
Performance Management Director
Thomas is Director
Strategy and Performance Management at Kenya Airways Ltd, responsible for
strategy development, execution and performance management,with over 21 years
experience in Senior Management. Prior to that he was Head of Human Resources
Relationship Management at Kenya Airways Ltd, from April 2014 to October 2015.
He was the Head of Operations Control at Kenya Airways Ltd, a position he held
since January 2008 to March 2014, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer.
He has also been
General Manager for JamboJet, the low cost subsidiary airline of Kenya Airways,
Head of Cargo Operations, for a period of 7 months in addition to his Head of
Operations Control role and Head of Information Systems (IS) Development since
Joining the Airline in February 2005.
Prior to joining Kenya
Airways, he was working for a leading retail chain in Kenya, Uchumi
Supermarkets Ltd as the Head of IT and Strategy Implementation, a position he
held until January 2005.He worked in other companies in Kenya since July 1995
after completing his Bachelors Degree where he was Finance and Administration
Manager and Software Implementation consultant.
Thomas attended the University of Nairobi and
graduated with a Bsc. Degree in 1995 in Mathematics and an MBA degree majoring
in Accounting and Finance in the Year 2000.He also has an MBA
in General Management from IESE Business School, Spain where he was on a ‘Global leader’
Part-Scholarship awarded by the IESE Alumni. Thomas has Part I, II, and III (Information Management, Audit
and Assurance Services) Qualifications attained from the Association of
Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK).He also passed the examination for
Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA) in 2001.
has attended several other programmes including,Airline Planning course
offered by Boeing Aircraft Manufacturer-Boeing, Executive Development Programme
at Gordon Institute of Business Science-University of Pretoria, Executive
Development Programme at General Electric’s Crotonville Center in New York, a 3
day ‘MBA’ course in low cost airlines offered by ‘The MBA training company’ in
London, Leadership development programmes organized by London Business School
and Rolls-Royce on site (at KQ), in 2007 and 2008 respectively, in addition to
numerous other courses both locally and internationally.
He is also a Part-time
lecturer in Post-graduate studies at the Jomo Kenyatta University of
Agriculture and Technology in Kenya and a Phd Researcher in Aerospace
Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
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.
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.
Mr. 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.