By Claire Wanja
The Boeing Company will be opening two new offices in Kenya and South Africa, marking a significant milestone for the company as it continues to expand its international presence.
The Nairobi office will be staffed by Chamsou Andjorin, Director Government Affairs and Market Development offices. J. Miguel Santos, Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Director International Sales, Africa, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes will head the offices and is based in Johannesburg.
Taking the necessary steps to establish a firm presence on the continent was an obvious choice according to Miguel Santos; “Africa is not new territory for Boeing. Since the introduction of the jet airplane, Boeing aircraft have formed the backbone of the continent’s commercial fleet and Boeing continues to be one of the largest U.S.-based companies doing business on the continent.”
“The aerospace industry needs to start paying closer attention to Africa, because this continent is clearly on the move economically and all the trends are pointing in the right direction for the expansion of the sector. Our job is to be ahead in understanding these emerging trends and opportunities,” Santos continued.
Boeing International was established in 2001 and is responsible for the company’s international strategy and corporate operations outside the United States.