The Kenya Airways Board has appointed Allan Kilavuka as the new acting Chief Executive Officer of the company effective January next year. He will replace Sebastian Mikosz who will be leaving the airline by the end of this year.
Allan is currently the chief executive officer of Jambojet and will continue his role until a substantive CEO of Kenya Airways is recruited and appointed.
A statement from Kenya Airways board reads: “The Board wishes to emphasise that the recruitment process for a substantive Chief Executive Officer with the necessary experience and knowledge was initiated upon the announcement of current CEO decision to leave the airline at the end of 2019. The process is still actively ongoing and Board will inform all our stakeholders once a suitable candidate has been identified”.
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A lot of expectations had been placed on Sebastian Mikosz since he started at Kenya Airways in 2017. However, in May this year, he announced he would be leaving at the end of December. This is several months before the end of his three-year contract.
When he took up the chief executive job, Sebastian Mikosz appeared to have been in it for the long haul. He moved his family, including pets to Nairobi, an indication that he would at the very least see out his first three-year term.
He, however, decided to quit the struggling airline ahead of his contract expiry next year July.
Sebastian Mikosz biggest achievement at Kenya Airways was launching the direct flights to New York in October last year. While he conceded that the route is not the most lucrative, he insisted that it is a critical investment and would with time enhance Kenya as a continental aviation hub.