Troubled Kenya Airways names acting CEO

Troubled Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the appointment of Allan Kilavuka as its acting chief executive officer on an acting capacity, replacing Polish national Sebastian Mikosz, who opted out of the top job before the expiry of his contract.

The airline’s board, in a statement sent on Monday, indicated his appointment is effective January 1, 2020, and that he will serve in the role until a substantive CEO for Kenya Airways is recruited and appointed.

“Allan will also continue his role as chief executive officer of Jambojet during the interim period of recruitment,” said the statement, signed by Company Secretary Catherine Musakali.

Mr Kilavuka is the current CEO of Jambo Jet, KQ’s low cost subsidiary company, having replaced ex-chief executive Willem Hondius in 2018.

“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 Sebastian Mikosz’s decision to leave the airline at the end of 2019. The process is still actively ongoing and the board will inform all our stakeholders once a suitable candidate has been identified.” Added the statement.

Mr Mikosz, in a shock announcement earlier this year, said he will quit from the helm of the airline in December citing “personal reasons”.

“It is my personal decision and I have obviously discussed it with the board as well as with my family. I believe that this is the ideal timing to begin a transition process to find someone who will continue with the turnaround initiatives that we began three years ago,” he said in the memo.

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