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  • Kenya Airways

    Business Leadership Team

    Want to see our Executive Leadership Team? You can learn about our team members, their work experiences, schooling and other board memberships.

    • Person Name Mbuvi Ngunze Group Managing Director & Chief Executive 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 off 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 KQ in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Mbuvi has extensive Board room experience having served on the Boards of Bamburi Cement (from 1999), Hima Cement, Mbeya Cement, and serving as Secretary to the East African Cement Producers Association. He is currently a board member of JamboJet Limited, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a member of Board of Governors of IATA and a member of the Executive Committee of African Airlines Association. (AFRAA).

    • Person Name Mr. Dick Murianki Acting Group Finance Director

      Until his appointment Mr Dick Murianki was the General Manager, Kenya Airways Cargo. Mr Murianki has been in the airline industry for over 12 years and served in various roles including as a Finance Manager, Commercial Business Performance Manager, and Head of Financial Control prior to his current role as General Manager for the cargo business in Kenya Airways.
      Prior to joining Kenya Airways, he worked with Ernst and Young Public Accountants for over 8 years in accountancy and business consultancy roles. Mr Murianki holds an MBA from Moi University – Kenya, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi.

    • Person Name Jan de Vegt Chief Operating Officer

      Jan de Vegtbecame the airline’s Chief Operating Officer on 1st August 2016. Jan joined Kenya Airways from Cobalt Ground Solutions in the UK where he was the Managing Director. He has been at Senior Managerial level for the last 22 years. Janstarted with KLM in 1978 in accounting, from there he moved to IT. In 1988 he got his Master’s degree in Dutch Law. He became involved in the operation of cargo, worked on development of new cargo buildings and got involved with procurement. He became Director of Operations for the Benelux, UK and Ireland in 1994.
      In 1999 he moved back to the Netherland and became Vice President Worldwide Cargo Operations, amongst others responsible for running KLM’s hub at Amsterdam, exploitation of freighter and trucking network, introduction of the new 747-400F, procurement for the whole Cargo division. During this period he also became vice-chairman of AEA Cargo. He was also chairman of the board of CSC India (Cargo handling company in BOM/DEL) and Blue Crown (KLM inhouse broker). In 2006 he moved to Singapore again, this time as Vice President Asia Pacific for Air France Cargo/KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo. In 2012 he moved to the UK to manage Cobalt Ground Solution, a handling company jointly owned by KLM and Air France. Jan de Vegt holds a Master degree in Dutch Law with special subject: Air and Space Law.

    • Person Name Lucy Muhiu Acting Human Resource Director

      Lucy joined Kenya Airways in November 2005. She has been in the Human Resources Department since then. During this time, she has served in the role of Human Resources Manager, Manager Employee Relations and her current substantive role of Head of Employee Relations
      Prior to joining Kenya Airways, she worked in the Judiciary of Kenya as a Magistrate, a job she had performed for over 8 years. She was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in February 1995. She served as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya for a period of two years before joining the Judiciary. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from The University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and an MBA from United States International University (USIU) – Kenya.

    • Person Name Vincent Coste Commercial Director

      International senior executive with extensive experience in delivering profitable growth and improving performance in the Aviation Industry. Vincent has worked across 7 countries in different continents.
      I have effectively led large teams of people in both commercial and general management positions in large multinational groups (Air France-KLM, Qatar Airways and now Kenya Airways). My main focus is to achieve ambitious revenue and cost targets in highly competitive environments by creating effective and motivated teams dedicated to revenue growth across all channels. I have driven innovation and change in all my roles by successfully involving all the key players (including top management) around key goals. My main strengths are enthusiasm and consistency.

      Leadership
      Strong track record of success in leading and transforming organizations to meet and exceed revenue targets in highly competitive environments. Ability to translate a business vision into an operational plan and to motivate internal teams and partners.

      Sales & Marketing
      Building, implementing and following up efficient marketing and sales plans in multichannel environments: E-commerce and internet enabled distribution, corporate segment, agents and brokers. Negotiation of complex deals: multi-millions corporate contracts (France, Europe, USA, Latin America, Asia) and strategic incentive contracts with key distributors.

      International focus
      During my years with Air France KLM, I covered the European continent as well as the US and Latin American marketplaces. At Qatar Airways, I was responsible of the Middle East, Asia, and the South West Pacific regions. Since I started at Kenya Airways, I cover the Globe with a strong focus on Africa.

    • Person Name Thomas Omondi Achola Strategy & Performance Management Director

      Thomas is Director Strategy and Performance Management at Kenya Airways Ltd, responsible for strategy development, execution and performance management,with over 21 years experience in Senior Management. Prior to that he was Head of Human Resources Relationship Management at Kenya Airways Ltd, from April 2014 to October 2015. He was the Head of Operations Control at Kenya Airways Ltd, a position he held since January 2008 to March 2014, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer.
      He has also been General Manager for JamboJet, the low cost subsidiary airline of Kenya Airways, Head of Cargo Operations, for a period of 7 months in addition to his Head of Operations Control role and Head of Information Systems (IS) Development since Joining the Airline in February 2005.
      Prior to joining Kenya Airways, he was working for a leading retail chain in Kenya, Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd as the Head of IT and Strategy Implementation, a position he held until January 2005.He worked in other companies in Kenya since July 1995 after completing his Bachelors Degree where he was Finance and Administration Manager and Software Implementation consultant.
      Thomas attended the University of Nairobi and graduated with a Bsc. Degree in 1995 in Mathematics and an MBA degree majoring in Accounting and Finance in the Year 2000.He also has an MBA in General Management from IESE Business School, Spain where he was on a ‘Global leader’ Part-Scholarship awarded by the IESE Alumni. Thomas has Part I, II, and III (Information Management, Audit and Assurance Services) Qualifications attained from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK).He also passed the examination for Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA) in 2001.
      Thomas has attended several other programmes including,Airline Planning course offered by Boeing Aircraft Manufacturer-Boeing, Executive Development Programme at Gordon Institute of Business Science-University of Pretoria, Executive Development Programme at General Electric’s Crotonville Center in New York, a 3 day ‘MBA’ course in low cost airlines offered by ‘The MBA training company’ in London, Leadership development programmes organized by London Business School and Rolls-Royce on site (at KQ), in 2007 and 2008 respectively, in addition to numerous other courses both locally and internationally.
      He is also a Part-time lecturer in Post-graduate studies at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya and a Phd Researcher in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

    • Person Name Chris Diaz Marketing & Corporate Communications Director

      Chris Diaz has diverse experience in managing global brands. He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing, attained a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting, a Diploma in Marketing and a Master of Science in International Marketing (UK). Chris has done executive leadership development certification in the US and UK for global brand leadership and holds a chartered and FCIM status. He has served as a trustee and director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s 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.

    • Person Name Kevin Kinyanjui Information Systems Director

      Mr. Kinyanjui joined Kenya Airways in February 2004. He has 30 years experience in the Information Technology field including at management consulting firm, Price Waterhouse; at Bamburi Cement Ltd; in the banking sector and more than 10 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 in other African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia. As Group IS Manager at Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge Group company) for all group companies in Kenya and Uganda he was instrumental in strategy formulation, shifting the group to an end user computing environment; implementing integrated ERP and manufacturing 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 limited to: Oracle ERP, e-ticketing, Amadeus Altea suite of passenger service systems, web services for its customers, revenue management and network planning systems, and cargo management systems. This has led the airline to be awarded various CIO East Africa awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Mr Kinyanjui was awarded the CIO of the Year Award from CIO East Africa in 2014.

    • Person Name Martyn Haines Technical Director

      Martyn joined Kenya Airways in August 2015. An experienced leader with 37 years in various Maintenance and Engineering roles, he joined from Virgin Atlantic where he had served for 25 years, and most recently as General Manager Engineering Services and EASA Part M Post holder. Some of his time included a secondment between 2006 and 2007 in Lagos as Head of Technical Services whilst setting up Virgin Nigeria.
      Starting his career in aviation as an apprentice engineer in 1978 with British Caledonian and then British Airways, he moved into Technical Services & Planning, and Fleet Management roles, where he is experienced in safety management, delivery of cabin product innovations, new fleet introductions, and change programmes. Having participated and led industry steering committees in Maintenance Programme development, he is a Licensed Engineer by trade, and most recently studied at the Cranfield University School of Management in 2010.

    • Person Name Francis Musila Ground Services Director

      Francis Musila has been in the airline industry for over 9 years. He is currently the Director for Ground Services; where he looks after airport operations in all the countries the airline flies to. He is based at the hub, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Francis is an energetic and self-driven individual with over 20 years work experience in banking and aviation, and has a tremendous capacity for efficiency and goal achievement.
      Prior to his current Ground Services role, Francis held the position of Head of Operations Control where he coordinated the network wide operations of the airline, including driving On Time Performance. He also took a Flight Dispatch course to better understand the Flight Operations environment. As Head of Fleet Development, he presided over a fleet renewal and growth programme that doubled the aircraft fleet size to meet the airlines network growth requirements. He also ably led the introduction of the new aircraft into the airline.
      Francis recently attained an IATA diploma in Airline Management confirming him as a consummate airline professional. He has attended several management courses, including notable ones such as the Executive Development Programme with GIBS, SA and Building Tomorrow’s Leader Programme with the London Business School, UK.
      After primary and high school education in Kenya, Francis graduated from the renowned Cranfield University, UK where he earned an MSc in Gas Turbine Technology. His undergraduate course was in Aeronautical Engineering from the Manchester University, also in the UK.
      Francis has proven his versatility through his successful career changes from his field of training to the finance arena and then back to his passion – Engineering & Management. Throughout his working career, he has been heavily involved in Operations, Projects and People management, maintaining a keen interest in efficiency, process improvement and coaching. He is married with three children and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.