Kenya Airways HR boss exits as managerial shake up gathers pace

Kenya Airways HR boss exits as managerial shake up gathers pace
Kenya Airways planes are seen parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

The shake up at Kenya Airways executive suit continues to gather pace with the exit of the six top level manager since last month.

Kenya Airways group human resource director Sammy Chepkwony became the latest senior executive to leave the airline on Thursday having served in the post for only five months.

In a memo to staff, Mr Chepkwony indicated that he was exiting the national carrier to pursue other interests.

“It has been an interesting time meeting and working with the KQ team across the network and particularly enjoyed my participation in the transformation journey,” Mr Chepkwony said.

His exit comes at a time Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz has been tightening his grip on the airline, streamlining reporting channels.

Since October, five other executives have left in the shake up.

Others to exit include information systems director Kevin Kinyanjui, head of internal audit Catherine Moraa,in flight and jet fuel procurement manger Brian Mbuti, head of employee relations Lucy Muhiu and head of procurement Christopher Oanda.

“You will in due course be notified who will take up the leadership of the human resources team,” he said.

Mr Mikosz caused a stir at the airline back in September when he hired five Polish nationals to assist in steering the airlines turnaround plan.

The executives served with the CEO at LOT Polish Airlines, a move that had the approval of the Kenya Airways board.

Credited as an airline turnaround specialist, Mr Mikosz is said to have received the backing to tap experienced executives in the aviation industry to fast track the restructuring process.

“The advantage of these guys is that I trust them and I have worked with them. They could hit the ground within I think three weeks,” he said during a status briefing in September.

At the time he indicated that the five expats would be in office for at least five months but was cagey on their exact terms of reference and tenure.

Kenya Airways has been on an aggressive restructuring path, selling aircrafts, canceling non performing routes as well as selling slots at international airports to cut down operating costs.

The airline also recently structured a deal to have its top creditors convert outstanding debt into equity.

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