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Kenya Airways Chief Executive appointed to IATA Board of Governors

Appointment places Dr. Naikuni at the centre of Aviation Industry Decision Making Body.


Nairobi, June 10, 2011 … Kenya Airways is pleased to announce the appointment of its Group Managing Director and CEO, Dr. Titus Naikuni to the International Air Travel Association (IATA) Board of Governors.

Dr. Naikuni was elected to the IATA board at the conclusion of the Association’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Singapore on 6th June. He was also appointed to the 2012 Nominating committee. This committee has the responsibility of nominating candidates to the IATA Board of Governors.

With this appointment Dr. Naikuni returns to the IATA Board having served for four years from 2004 to 2009. 


IATA is an international trade body that represents, leads and serves over 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.

IATA Board of Governors is composed of thirty-one (31) persons elected from amongst its members, who serve without remuneration. This Board exercises oversight and executive roles on behalf of the membership as a whole in representing the interests of the Association. The Board gives policy directives and guidance to IATA Industry Committees, subsidiary bodies and policy guidance to the IATA Traffic Conferences and to industry settlement plans, as may be required.


This appointment places Dr. Naikuni at the centre of decision making for the aviation industry. It is a culmination of experience and expertise gained after 8 years at the helm of one of Africa’s leading airlines, Kenya Airways, and underpins the level of confidence that IATA members place in his leadership capabilities.

Speaking following the appointment, Dr. Naikuni noted “I am greatly honoured by this appointment and wish to express my gratitude to the IATA members for their confidence in my election to serve them. This appointment is very exciting because it comes at a time when the economies of Africa are poised for takeoff. Transport is an important factor in Africa’s economic development and the aviation industry will undoubtedly play a major role in the pursuit of this development.”

He further added, “This appointment is an indication that African airlines are ready to take their rightful place in leading the decision making in the world’s aviation industry. I will strive to serve the interests of all members while seeking to ensure that airlines in Africa in particular are able to meet the safety, environmental and sustainability agendas that IATA drives.”


Kenya Airways, The Pride of Africa, has positioned itself as a key driver in the development of Transport links across the country. The airline seeks to be the carrier of choice on the content, connecting various African cities and linking Africa to the world through its hub in Nairobi. Kenya Airways is set to commence flights to its 54th global destination, Ndjamena, Chad later this month.