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Board of Directors

  • Mr. Evanson Mwaniki - Non Executive Chairman 
    Mr. Evanson Mwaniki - Non Executive Chairman 
    Mr. Mwaniki, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of London. He was the General Manager for Shell and BP between June 1989 and December 1994. Over this period Mr. Mwanikis notable achievements included turning around the company from a loss position in 1989 to profitability. He also led the oil industry negotiations with the Government on liberalization of the oil industry, leading to actual decontrol in October 1994 and prepared Kenya Shell & BP Kenya (including restructuring the organization) for effective marketing in the new (liberalized) business environment. Mr. Mwaniki has represented the oil industry in various influential forums. These include the Federation of Kenya Employers and the East Africa Association. Mr. Mwaniki currently sits on the boards of various companies, including British American Tobacco Kenya (Non-Executive Chairman), East African Breweries Ltd, East African Packaging Industries Ltd and Lion of Kenya Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Mr. Titus Naikuni - Group Managing Director & Chief Executive
    Mr. Titus Naikuni - Group Managing Director & Chief Executive
    Mr. Naikuni, holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Programme (PMD71) and was awarded a Doctor of Science Engineering by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, an honorary award in recognition of his contribution to development. He joined the Magadi Soda Company in 1979 as a trainee engineer and rose to the positions of Managing Director of that company in 1995 and Managing Director of the Magadi Railway Company (a subsidiary of Magadi Soda Company) in 1996. Between August 1999 and March 2001 Mr. Naikuni was a member of a team of World Bank sponsored Kenyan technocrats, known as the “Dream Team” who were engaged by the President Moi to turn around the Kenyan economy. In this capacity Mr. Naikuni served as permanent secretary to the Ministry of Information, Transport and Communications and was a member of the Board of Kenya Airways during that period. He returned to Magadi Soda Company in April 2001 where he continued to serve as Managing Director, a position he held up to his present Appointment with Kenya Airways in February 2003. Mr.Naikuni, has had extensive boardroom experience having served on various company boards including as a member of the board of Brunner Mond (South Africa), as Chairman of the Kenya Power & Lighting Company and as Chairman of Housing Finance Company Limited. He received the Manager of the Year Award in Kenya in 2002. He is currently a board member of Maersk Kenya Ltd, Access Kenya Ltd, CFC Bank Kenya Limited, deputy Chairman of Magadi Soda Company Ltd and a member of Unilever Africa Advisory Council.
  • Alex Wainaina Mbugua - Group Finance Director 
    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).
  •  Mr. Dinesh Kapila - Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. Dinesh Kapila - Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. Kapila, is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Barrister-at-law, Lincolns' Inn, England, a partner in D.V. Kapila & Company Advocates, a practitioner in corporate, commercial and conveyancing matters. He has been actively involved in overall privatization strategy in Kenya as a member of the Parastatal Reform Programme Committee of the Government of Kenya. He has been a member of the Attorney General's Task Force formed for revising and updating laws relating to companies, partnerships, investments and insolvency. He has been a member of New Issues and Economic Rejuvenation Committees of Nairobi Stock Exchange. He has been involved in the restructuring of Kenya Ports Authority as well as National Cereals and Produce Board. He has advised the private sector in matters pertaining to telecommunications, railways, banking, hotels, properties, industries, farming etc. and is a director of several private companies. He joined the Board of Kenya Airways in April 1991, and is currently the Chairman of the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee, a member of the Board's Staff and Remuneration Committee and also Chairman of the Airline's subsidiary companies, Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited, African Cargo Handling Limited and Kencargo Airlines International Limited.
  • Mr. Peter F. Hartman - Non-Executive Director
    Mr. Peter F. Hartman - Non-Executive Director
    Mr. Peter F. Hartman, studied Mechanical Engineering at Amsterdam Polytechnic, followed by Business Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he received his master's degree. Mr. Hartman first joined KLM as a work analyst for the Controllers Department of Engineering & Maintenance on October 29, 1973. He was appointed Controller - Work for Third Parties at Engineering & Maintenance in 1975. In the years that followed he held various positions as controller in the Netherlands and abroad. In 1984, he was appointed Director - Technical Contract Services responsible for sales of KLM technical maintenance services to other airlines. Then in 1987 he was appointed Project Manager - Schiphol 2000. On January 1, 1989, he became Vice President - KLM Ground Services Schiphol. In this capacity he was responsible for all handling processes at Schiphol and all KLM outstations.Mr. Hartman became Senior Vice President - Customer Services on October 1, 1990, and on April 15, 1994, he was appointed Executive Vice President - Personnel & Organization. On January 1, 1996, Mr. Hartman took up the post of Executive Vice President - Engineering & Maintenance followed by his appointment on August 6, 1997 to the KLM Board of Managing Directors. On April 1st 2007, Mr. Hartman became the President and CEO of KLM.
  • Ron Schipper - Non-Executive Director 
    Ron Schipper - Non-Executive Director 
    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.
  • Mr. Joseph Kinyua - Non-Executive Director
    Mr. Joseph Kinyua - Non-Executive Director
    Mr. Kinyua, is a career economist having served in various capacities in the Treasury and Central Bank. He has also been involved in several projects with the International Monetary Fund both within Kenya and abroad. He holds MA and BA degrees in Economics (University of Nairobi). He is currently a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nominations Committee.
  • Ayisi Makatiani - Non-Executive Director 
    Ayisi Makatiani - Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. Ayisi Makatiani is Head of Fanisi Capital Ltd, a company established in 2009 to manage a US$50M Venture Capital/Private Equity fund investing in small and medium-sized enterprises across East Africa. Previously he was head of the African Management Services Company (AMSCO), founded by the International Finance Corporation – the World Bank’s private-sector arm. Mr Makatiani obtained a degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology before setting up Africa Online, which became the continent’s largest internet service provider. Mr Makatiani is also an adviser to the President in Kenya, a member of the Board of Kenya Airways, was a member of the UN Secretary General's Taskforce on ICT and was vice-chairman of Kenyatta University Council. In 2010, Mr. Makatiani received the national honour and award of the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS), one of the highest that can be awarded to a civilian by the Head of State. Voted one of the top 10 CEOs in East Africa several times, Ayisi Makatiani is both a Global Leader for Tomorrow and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum
  • Mr. Jos Veenstra - Alternate Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. Jos Veenstra - Alternate Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. 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.
  • Salma Mazrui - Non-Executive Director
    Salma Mazrui - Non-Executive Director
    Salma Mazrui is a management and institutional development specialist with 20 years experience in insurance, private health care, advertising, finance and advocacy sectors. She played a leading role in the formation of Kenya’s private sector development strategy and has previously worked in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Cote d’ivoire, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. She is currently a member of Kenya’s National Economic and Social Council and KCA University; and director of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the George Mason University, Virginia USA and a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Nairobi.
  • Dennis Awori - Non-Executive Director
    Ambassador Dennis Awori,Non-Executive Director
    Dennis Awori obtained a BSc (hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1976. He is a graduate of both Ashridge Management College UK, in Business Leadership Program and Emory Business School Management Development Atlanta University. Dennis Awori began his career with Cooper Motor Corporation Holdings Ltd where he was General Sales Manager and then Branch Manager for the West Kenya region. He was appointed Managing Director of Lonrho Motors East Africa (previously named the Motor Mart Group) in 1997. He became Corporate Advisor and Executive Consultant, a post he held until he was appointed the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Japan and Korea in 2004. Upon his return in April 2009, he was immediately appointed Chairman of Toyota East Africa Ltd and Executive Advisor to Toyota Tsusho Africa (Pty) Ltd and in April 2010 he was appointed to the NEPAD.