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Management Team

  • Titus Naikuni - Group Managing Director & Chief Executive
    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.
  • Kevin Kinyanjui - Information Systems Director 
    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 8 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 the CIO East Africa Transport Sector award in 2010 and 2011.
  • 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).
  • Captain Paul Mwangi - Flight Operations Director 
    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.
  • Yves Guibert - Director, Ground Services Director 
    Yves Guibert - Director, 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.
  • Mr. Alban M. Mwendar - Group Human Resources Director 
    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 this year.
  • Mbuvi - Chief Operating Officer
    Mbuvi Ngunze - Chief Operating 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 of 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 Kenya Airways in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Mbuvi has extensive Board room experience having served on the Board of Bamburi Cement (from 1999), Hima Cement, Mbeya Cement, and serving as Secretary to the East African Cement Producers Association.
  • Tom Kadoyo
    Tom Obonyo Ouma Kadoyo -  Technical Director
    Tom Kadoyo is an alumni of Starehe Boys High School and strongly believes in the school’s motto “Natulenge Juu”, which means “Aim High”. Tom holds Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Riga Institute of Civil Aviation. He has gone through progressive training at Boeing and Airbus on diverse aircraft. Tom is currently attending the Executive Management Development Program at Gordon Institute of Business Science – University of Pretoria. Tom joined KQ in 1986 as a graduate trainee rising through the ranks as Development Engineer, Senior Development Engineer, Principal Development Engineer, Manager Engineering Development, Head of Base Maintenances and currently, Technical Director. Before joining KQ, Tom worked with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife as assistant engineer in charge of Air Wing section from June 1985 – December 1986. Tom has 26 years’ experience with the airline industry.
  • Chris Diaz
    Chris Diaz - Marketing Director
    Chris Diaz joined Kenya Airways on 7th November 2012. He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of   Marketing, attained a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting, a Diploma in Marketing and a Master’s of Science in International Marketing (UK). He is also a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) the worlds 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.