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 - Ground Services Director
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 also sits on the board of Imperial Group Limited. 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 over 26 years experience in the Information Technology field including 6 years at the management consulting firm, Price Waterhouse, 6 years at Bamburi Cement Ltd, 4 years in the banking sector and more than 10 years in the airline industry. 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 and in other African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia. As Group IS Manager at Bamburi Cement for all group companies in Kenya and Uganda he was instrumental in strategy formulation, shifting the group to an end user computing environment and integrated ERP 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 l imited to: Oracle ERP, e-ticketing, Amadeus Altea suite of passenger service systems, web services for its customers, revenue management and network planning systems, cargo management system. 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.
Alex Avedi - Safety, Security, and Quality Director
Alex Avedi joined Kenya Airways in October 2004. Until this appointment, he was the Head of Corporate Quality, Safety, Security and Environment. He was charged with readying Kenya Airways for its initial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) that was successfully completed in July 2005, making Kenya Airways the first airline in Sub-Saharan Africa to achieve this certification. In 2008, Kenya Airways received the Company of the Year Award for strategic planning and emergency preparedness.
He subsequently led the airline to another first when Kenya Airways became the first operator in Africa to attain the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operators (ISAGO) certification in 2009. Under his leadership, Kenya Airways was awarded at the Company of the Year Awards (COYA) ceremony for “Best Emergency Practices” in 2009. Kenya Airways was also honoured with the “Africa Safety Award” in 2009 by IATA. In 2010, he led Kenya Airways to attain membership of the global SKYTEAM alliance after passing a rigorous safety audit. Kenya Airways is the only African member of this alliance of 19 world class airlines with a strong safety culture. In 2013, he led Kenya Airways to attain Stage 1 of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) Program certification. Kenya Airways was one of only 6 carriers in the world to attain Stage 1 of IEnvA certification at the time. Most recently under his stewardship, Kenya Airways attained the prestigious British Safety Council International Safety Award in 2014. This award is recognition of excellence in Occupational Safety and Health Management at Kenya Airways.
Prior to joining the airline industry Alex worked in the banking industry for 7 years in Switzerland and Kenya in various capacities primarily in the area of Treasury Risk Management. He holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi and several Safety certifications from IATA including a diploma in Aviation Safety. He also holds a post graduate diploma in Advanced Aviation Management from the University of Geneva and a graduate of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Aviation Safety Program. He holds a certificate in Aircraft Accident Investigation from the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI) and is a gazetted Aircraft Accident Investigator by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Kenya.
In addition, Alex is a licensed commercial pilot with instrument rating. He has attended Leadership Development Courses at Cambridge University, London Business School, University of Pretoria (GIBS) and General Electric. He also holds specialized Aviation Security certificates from both the United Kingdom and Israel.
Alex Wainaina Mbugua - Group Finance Director
Mr. Mbugua was appointed Group Finance Director of KQ Group on 14th July 2008. He is an MBA graduate from Wits Business School (SA); a Certified Public Secretary; and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. Mr Mbugua is an alumnus of Harvard Business School having graduated from the Advanced Management Program (AMP 183) in October 2012. In the past 28 years, Mr. Mbugua has developed significant knowledge and expertise in the fields of finance, strategy, information technology and general management. As Chief Financial Officer of KQ Group, Mr. Mbugua has been responsible for and overseen certain key milestones, including chairing of the KQ Ten Year Strategic Planning committee for the development of “Project Mawingu” and presiding over the capital raising project that involved both debt and equity financing to fund Project Mawingu, including the high profile 2012 rights issue offer that raised net proceeds of KES 13.8 billion.Prior to his current position, Mr. Mbugua held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Africa Open Pit Mines, AngloGold Ashanti based in Johannesburg. His achievements included successfully realigning the company’s operational strategy in its core mining activity to reduce costs significantly. Mr. Mbugua held board positions at AngloGold Holdings (UK) and also in 8 mining subsidiaries spread out in 5 African Countries. Other board positions have included Bain Hogg Ltd and Norfolk Holdings (K) Ltd together with KQ subsidiaries Kenya Airfreight Handling Ltd and JamboJet Ltd.
- Mr. Mbugua’s previous roles have included Chief Executive Officer, Combined Systems Group, a subsidiary of PwC, Johannesburg (2000 -2003); Finance and Administration Director, Bain Hogg Insurance Brokers, Kenya (1997 -1999); Chief Financial Officer, Express Kenya (1992 - 1997); Financial Consultant, International Air Transport Association (1990 -1991) and Audit Consultant, KPMG, Kenya (1985 - 1989).
Captain Paul Mwangi - Flight Operations Director
Captain Paul K. Mwangi is an alumnus of Alliance High School and a firm believer in the school’s motto “strong to serve”. He has served Kenya Airways in various capacities since 1984. As the Director of Flight Operations, he is responsible for the training and operations of crew (pilots and cabin crew) and for In-flight Management. He joined the airline in 1984 at the age of 25 initially as a cadet officer and then as a co-pilot. He underwent progressive training in the flying of various fleets and recently checked out as Captain of Boeing 777. During his extensive flying career, he has flown a number of aircraft including Fokker 27s and 50s, Boeing 737s, the Airbus, Boeing 767 and now Boeing 777. He not only serves Kenya Airways as a Captain but also plays the role of instructor and examiner for the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and is a part-time lecturer in Airline Operations for the Moi University MBA Program. Capt. Mwangi joined Kenya Airways management in 1998 as the Manager of Quality Systems and Standards. Since then he has served in various diverse roles including Fleet Manager for the Airbus A310-300, B767-300s, Head of Fleets Management,Head of Operations Control Centre and is currently the Director of Flight Operations. In addition to obtaining his Airport Transport License (ATPL) in Oxford UK, he also holds an MSC degree in Air Transport Management from the City University of London. He has complemented his training with IATA Diplomas in Airline Operations and Airline Strategic Management in Geneva and recently successfully completed the Programme for Management Development (PMD) at The University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Mr. Alban M. Mwendar - Group Human Resources Director
Mr. Mwendar is an alumnus of the Alliance High School, and holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree, both attained at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Human Resources Management of Kenya. Mr. Mwendar has extensive experience within multinational businesses in the corporate sector having joined Unilever (K) Ltd in 1987 as a Management Trainee, and rising up the ranks within the HR function and in Logistics. He left Unilever in 1995 to take up the role of Head of Human Resources at British American Tobacco (K) Ltd, a role he held until the year 2000 when he was appointed Group HR Director at Kenya Commercial Bank. At KCB he spearheaded cultural reform programmes and internal branding initiatives that turned the bank from a parastatal organization to the present day commercial organization that prides itself with the largest branch network in East & Central Africa. In 2004, Mr. Mwendar was appointed Group HR Director of East African Breweries Ltd, a Diageo plc subsidiary, and again led internal rebranding initiatives that launched Diageo into the Eastern African markets. During the course of his career, Mr. Mwendar has played a consultancy and advisory role on HR matters to numerous individuals and organizations and has made several presentations to HR practitioners in the region. He has also attended numerous professional courses abroad including in institutions such as Harvard Law School. He has been a past Vice Chairman of the Kenya Institute of Bankers, member - Board of Governors of Alliance High School, and Assistant Chairman - Institute of HR Management of Kenya. He currently sits on the Council of the Agricultural Society of Kenya. He joined Kenya Airways in August 2011.
Frederick Sine - Fleet and Asset Development Director
Frederick (“Rick”) Sine is the KQ Fleet and Asset Development Director, responsible for the acquisition and disposal of aircraft for KQ, the oversight of major aircraft modification programs and the development of long term fleet plans. He brings to the position extensive executive airline, business and leadership experience, in operating and support activities at both large and small companies, in US domestic and international markets. With a long career with several US airlines, has a broad background in the management of technical activities and in the buying, leasing, modifying, supporting and operating of transport category aircraft.Prior to joining KQ, Rick held the position of Managing Member with Aerospace Executive Support Service, acting as senior consultant to aerospace organizations where his clients included Accenture, BearingPoint, Spirit Airlines, Inflight Canada, Louis Berger Services and many others. In addition, Rick spent two years providing executive level leadership for corporate management, business development and product delivery for Interactive Voice Technologies, an innovative organization supplying voice-enabled, hands-free solutions for the completion of inspections and operating activities in high-noise environments.Rick was Vice President with Boeing Airplane Services for three years, where amongst other responsibilities, he negotiated aircraft purchase and lease agreements, identified and managed third party support vendors and developed operating policies and procedures for major aircraft modification and support programmes.Other key positions held by Rick include Vice President, Line Maintenance with US Airways, Chief Operating Officer of Avatar Alliance, Aircraft Maintenance Operations Manager with United Parcel Service and Senior Director of Component Repair with Pan American World Airlines. Rick began his career holding an active duty commission with the US Air Force for nine years, where he was Aircraft Maintenance Officer.Mr. Sine is a graduate of the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an FAA licensed aircraft mechanic, holds a 25 year membership with the Society of Automotive Engineers and was President of the Air Force Association for the Northwest Region of the US.
Gerard Clarke - Commercial Director
Mr. Clarke’s career in the international airline industry spans more than 25 years and he possesses expertise in all major airline business models - premium service and low fare, network and point-to-point, scheduled and charter. An Irish national, Gerard holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spanish and French from University College Dublin (1986) and a Master of Science in Transport Planning and Management, specializing in Airline Economics, from the Polytechnic of Central London (1990). He has also been educated at the University of Caen, France and undergone executive training and development at Ashridge Business School, UK. Throughout his career Gerard has been employed by leading aviation and aviation-related businesses operating from the Arabian Gulf, China, Europe, the United States and West Africa. His previous employers included trade body International Air Transport Association (IATA), leading Middle Eastern carrier Emirates Airline, US e-commerce pioneer BroadVision, largest UK General Sales Agent Aviareps Plc and largest West African airline Arik Air. Gerard has helped these and other employers to transform their businesses in readiness for growth, improve commercial performance and forge international joint ventures. In performing his various roles, Gerard has lived and worked in Barcelona, Damascus, Dubai, Kuwait City, Lagos and London. Gerard joined Kenya Airways in October 2013 from China’s largest privately-owned aviation company, the Hainan Airlines Group (HNA), where he was General Manager UK/Europe for the group’s Hong Kong-based carrier, Hong Kong Airlines. Gerard is a fellow of the UK’s Institute of Digital and Direct Marketing.
Martyn Haines - Technical 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.