The Board of Directors of national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ) has appointed Jambojet CEO Allan Kilavuka as the acting CEO following the resignation of Sebastian Mikosz, who leaves the firm on December 31, 2019.
In a letter signed by Catherine Musakali, the Secretary of KQ board addressed to the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), says Allan Kilavuka has agreed to hold brief for the national carrier until a substantive head is appointed.
Mr Mikosz, a Polish national was headhunted in 2017 to help turn around the fortunes of the troubled carrier resigned before the end of his three year term. During his tenure, KQ got cleared to start direct flights between its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to New York. JKIA received a clearance certificate as the last point of departure (LDP) to fly to JFK Airport in August 2019. During his term also, KQ placed a bid to take over the management of JKIA from Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), the body mandated by law to manage all airports and airstrips across the country. It is also during his term that plans to nationalise KQ were mooted.
Mr Mikosz could not streamline the operations of the national carrier and bring it back to profitability.
Kilavuka will lead the airline as the Board finds a substantive CEO to head the troubled carrier back to profitability and its position as the pride of Africa, a position being threatened by competition especially Ethiopian Airways.