Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze resigns

Outgoing CEO of Kenya Airways, Mbuvi Ngunze. PHOTO/Hezron Njoroge

Ngunze steps down in response to pilots demands

Kenya Airways chief executive office, Mbuvi Ngunze has announced his departure from the carrier.

Ngunze is to leave early next year, following demands from pilots for changes in the loss-making carrier’s senior management.

The carrier, sank into loss ago as tourism slumped following a spate of attacks on Kenya by militants from the Somalia-based al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Islamist group.

It has been selling assets and seeking fresh funds as part of a turnaround plan.

“Today, Mbuvi (Ngunze) is announcing that he will be leaving Kenya Airways effective first quarter 2017,” recently appointed chairman, Michael Joseph, said in a statement on Thursday.

He said Ngunze would stay in his post while a replacement was found, a process the chairman said he expected to be completed in the next 3 months.

On November 3, the pilots union withdrew a strike notice it had issued in October, saying there had been progress on its demands, which included the removal of top management.

Source: Reuters