By Margaret Kalekye
Kenya Airways chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze is set to leave office in the first quarter of 2017.
Ngunze has worked for the airline for over 5 years and the Group Managing Director for 2 years.
The Kenya Airline Pilots Association had been pushing for the resignation of Ngunze and former chairman Dennis Awori since April.
“Today, Mbuvi (Ngunze) is announcing that he will be leaving KQ effective first quarter 2017,” recently appointed chairman, Michael Joseph, said in a statement on Thursday.
On Nov. 3, the KALPA pilots union withdrew a strike notice it had issued in October, saying there had been progress on its demands, which included removing the top management.
According to the statement, Mbuvi will stay on until a successor is found which is expected to take some months.
“The selection of the next CEO will be a thoughtful process led by myself together with the Board Governance and Nominations committee, which will focus on producing the right outcomes to lead KQ into its next chapter” Michael Joseph.
“ I hope to complete this process within the next 3 months and I have already started the process to search for and identify the right candidate with the relevant airline experience” he added.
Joseph wished Mbuvi and staff members success as they continue with Operation Pride turnaround initiatives and the Capital Optimization project.
“Rest assured that they can count on the continued support, productive cooperation and commitment from the Board,” he added.
Joseph assured that the Board Chairman and the Group MD and CEO will work with the rest of the KQ senior leadership team to ensure continuity during the transition.
“ This should not negatively impact our collaboration with our business partners, financiers and other stakeholders”.