Polish International appointed new Kenya Airways CEO

The new MD will take over as from June 1st,2017....

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Kenya Airways has appointed Sebastian Mikosz as group managing director.

The Polish International, who previously served as the Polish Airlines CEO, will take over from MbuviNgunze effective June 1st.

Sebastian has over 20 years of experience in executive management in both the public and private sector.

Other than being the President of the LOT Polish Airlines,Mr. Mikosz has also served as the CEO of eSky.pl, the leading Central European Online Travel Agent as well as being the Director of Deloitte Business Consulting Warsaw Office as seen in a statement released by the airline on Thursday.

The airline's Chairman Michael Joseph congratulated the CEO and promised to offer his full support as he begins his new tenure.

"On behalf of the board of Directors of Kenya Airways management,I wish to take this opportunity to offer Sebastian our most sincere congratulations on this appointment and confirm our full support to him as he takes over as Group Managing Director and CEO. We wish him every success as he assumes his new responisbilites."

The appointment comes after months of searching for a new CEO, in a process that was conducted by international firm Spencer Stuart.

"In December 2016, the Board engaged the services of an international search firm, Spencer Stuart to assist the Board in identifying a successor to Mbuvi as Group Managing Director and CEO. I am pleased to announced the Board has finally reached an unanimous decision in this matter," Mr Joseph noted.

Ngunze had held the helm for over five years and was due to retire in March.

He retired in November last year amid pressure for him to leave following the airline's financial woes.

Joseph however said that Ngunze will stay on beyond March as advisor to the company until the Capital Optimization plan is completed.

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