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Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze to step down

Mbuvi NgunzeKenya Airways chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze has announced that he will step down in 2017, and will stay on until a successor is found which is expected to take some months.
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Mr. Ngunze joined Price Waterhouse in Nairobi in 1990 and was seconded to Manchester in the United Kingdom where he was articled. In the UK, he started off as an Audit Assistant and left 5 years later as an Assistant Manager.

In 1995, Mr. Ngunze rejoined Price Waterhouse in Kenya as Audit Manager, leading audits of various blue chip companies, and also involved in training and recruitment.

In 1998, he joined Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge subsidiary) as Finance Manager and was promoted to the Finance Director’s position in February 1999. He held this position up to March 2002 when he was appointed Managing Director Hima Cement Uganda (Lafarge).

In May 2006, Mr. Ngunze moved to the headquarters of Lafarge in Paris. He first took up the role of Mission Director in the Group Audit Department for six months, and then was appointed Group Vice President Internal Communications in November 2006.

In March 2009, he was appointed General Manager for Lafarge’s operations in Tanzania (Mbeya Cement).

Mr. Ngunze joined KQ in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. He has extensive Board room experience having served on the Boards of Bamburi Cement (from 1999), Hima Cement, Mbeya Cement, and serving as Secretary to the East African Cement Producers Association.

Mr. Ngunze is currently a board member of JamboJet Limited, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a member of Board of Governors of IATA and a member of the Executive Committee of African Airlines Association. (AFRAA).

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree accounting option from the University of Nairobi. He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program (PMD75).

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