Profiles of members of the board
Mr. Evanson Mwaniki
Non Executive Chairman
Mr. Mwaniki, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of London.
He was the General Manager for Shell and BP between June 1989 and December 1994. Over this period Mr. Mwanikis notable achievements included turning around the company from a loss position in 1989 to profitability. He also led the oil industry negotiations with the Government on liberalization of the oil industry, leading to actual decontrol in October 1994 and prepared Kenya Shell & BP Kenya (including restructuring the organization) for effective marketing in the new (liberalized) business environment. Mr. Mwaniki has represented the oil industry in various influential forums. These include the Federation of Kenya Employers and the East Africa Association.
Mr. Mwaniki currently sits on the boards of various companies, including British American Tobacco Kenya (Non-Executive Chairman), East African Breweries Ltd, East African Packaging Industries Ltd and Lion of Kenya Insurance Company Ltd.
Mr. Titus Naikuni
Group Managing Director & Chief Executive
Mr. Naikuni was born in 1953. He is married to Josephine and together they have four children; two adult daughters, an adult son and a daughter (13 years). He graduated with a BSc (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi in 1979 and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Programme for Management Development (PMD71).
He joined the Magadi Soda Company in 1979 as a trainee engineer and rose to the positions of Managing Director of that company in 1995 and Managing Director of the Magadi Railway Company (a subsidiary of Magadi Soda Company) in 1996.
Between August 1999 and March 2001 Mr. Naikuni was a member of a team of World Bank sponsored Kenyan technocrats, known as the "Dream Team" who were engaged by the President Moi to turn around the Kenyan economy. In this capacity Mr. Naikuni served as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Information, Transport and Communications and was a member of the Board of Kenya Airways during that period.
He returned to Magadi Soda Company in April 2001 where he continued to serve as Managing Director a position he held up to his present appointment with Kenya Airways in February 2003.
Mr. Naikuni has had extensive boardroom experience having served on various company boards including as a member of the board of Brunner Mond (South Africa), as Chairman of Kenya Power & Lighting Company and as Chairman of Housing Finance Company Limited. He received the Manager of the Year Award in Kenya in 2002.
He is currently a board member of Maersk Kenya Ltd, CFC Bank Kenya Limited, and Deputy Chairman of Magadi Soda Company Ltd, a member of Unilever Africa Advisory Council, Chairman of Kenya Film Commission and aslo a trustee of Mpala Wildlife Foundation in Nanyuiki, Kenya.
Alex Wainaina Mbugua
Group Finance Director
He is an MBA graduate with specialization in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking; a Certified Public Secretary; Certified Public Accountant; and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He has previously held several board positions at AngloGold Holdings (UK, RSA and 5 African Countries); Bain Hogg and Norfolk Holdings (K) Ltd.
With regard to his professional experience, Mr Mbugua has since 2003 been the Chief Finance Officer of AngloGold Ashanti’s Africa Open Pit Mine operations based in South Africa. Between 2000 to 2003, Alex was the Chief Executive Officer of Combined Systems Group, Africa Division, a wholly owned subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers, South Africa. Prior to going down to South Africa, Alex was the Finance and Administration Director of Bain Hogg Insurance Brokers, Kenya between 1997 and 1999; Chief Financial Officer, Express Kenya (1992 – 1997); Financial Consultant, International Air Transport Association (1990 -1991) and Audit Consultant, KPMG, Kenya (1985 – 1989).
Joined Kenya Airways on 14th July 2008
Mr. Dinesh Kapila
Mr. Kapila, is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Barrister-at-law, Lincolns' Inn, England, a partner in D.V. Kapila & Company Advocates, a practitioner in corporate, commercial and conveyancing matters.
He has been actively involved in overall privatization strategy in Kenya as a member of the Parastatal Reform Programme Committee of the Government of Kenya. He has been a member of the Attorney General's Task Force formed for revising and updating laws relating to companies, partnerships, investments and insolvency.
He has been a member of New Issues and Economic Rejuventation Committees of Nairobi Stock Exchange. He has been involved in the restructuring of Kenya Ports Authority as well as National Cereals and Produce Board. He has advised the private sector in matters pertaining to telecommunications, railways, banking, hotels, properties, industries, farming etc. and is a director of several private companies. He joined the Board of Kenya Airways in April 1991, and is currently the Chairman of the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee, a member of the Board's Staff and Remuneration Committee and also Chairman of the Airline's subsidiary companies, Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited, African Cargo Handling Limited and Kencargo Airlines International Limited.
Mr. Micah Cheserem
Mr. Cheserm, is an accountant by profession, having qualified as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants of London in 1974. Mr Cheserem has held a number of posts in various private sector companies including British American Tobacco, Lonrho and finally Unilever. He joined Unilever initially in 1977 and again in 1991 and worked for them in Australia and Malawi before returning to rise to Chairman of their Kenyan operation, a post he held until July 2003. He is currently Chairman of Equator Flowers Kenya Ltd, a company of which he is a shareholder.
Mr. Cheserem also excelled in the public sector where he was Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya for 8 years. During his tenure he was largely responsible for the implementation of major economic reforms including the abolition of exchange controls.
Mr. Cheserem was elected to the Board of Kenya Airways on 21st November 2003. He is currently a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Airline's representative on the Board of Precision Air.
Mr. Peter F. Hartman
Mr. Peter F. Hartman, studied Mechanical Engineering at Amsterdam Polytechnic, followed by Business Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he received his master's degree.
Mr. Hartman first joined KLM as a work analyst for the Controllers Department of Engineering & Maintenance on October 29, 1973. He was appointed Controller - Work for Third Parties at Engineering & Maintenance in 1975. In the years that followed he held various positions as controller in the Netherlands and abroad.
In 1984, he was appointed Director - Technical Contract Services responsible for sales of KLM technical maintenance services to other airlines. Then in 1987 he was appointed Project Manager - Schiphol 2000.
On January 1, 1989, he became Vice President - KLM Ground Services Schiphol. In this capacity he was responsible for all handling processes at Schiphol and all KLM outstations.
Mr. Hartman became Senior Vice President - Customer Services on October 1, 1990, and on April 15, 1994, he was appointed Executive Vice President - Personnel & Organization.
On January 1, 1996, Mr. Hartman took up the post of Executive Vice President - Engineering & Maintenance followed by his appointment on August 6, 1997 to the KLM Board of Managing Directors. On April 1st 2007, Mr. Hartman became the President and CEO of KLM.
Mr. Denis D. Afande
Mr. Afande, was appointed to the Board on 26th November 2004. For many years Denis was a career diplomat, served in various positions including Ambassador to the United States of America and United Nations, Geneva.
He also served as Permanent Secretary (Ministries of Home Affairs and Health). He is currently the Chairman of The National Council for Children Services and a member of several other charitable organizations. He was appointed to the Board of Kenya Airways on 26th November 2004 and is currently the Chairman of Board's Staff and Remuneraion Committee and the Nominations Committee.
Ron Schipper was born in 1945 in Bussum in the Netherlands.
He joined KLM in 1969, flew for 3 years as a cabin attendant and was then transferred to cabin crew management where he worked in various management positions until 1977. He was appointed Manager of the Cabin Crew Training Department at Schiphol in the same year. He left the Netherlands in 1980 for his first posting abroad as Manager Cabin Crew seconded to Nigeria Airways in Lagos. In 1982 he was appointed Sales Manager Kenya based in Nairobi after which he was transferred to the UK in 1984 as District Manager Northern England based in Manchester.
In 1986 Ron was appointed General Manager Ghana and in 1989 he spent a brief period in France as interim General Manager based in Paris before returning to the Netherlands to take up the appointment of Executive Secretary of the Passenger Division. Thereafter he was seconded in 1991 to Antillean Airlines in Curacao as Managing Director.
Ron returned to the continent close to his heart, Africa, in 1994 and currently holds the position of Vice President and Area Manager Africa based in Johannesburg where he currently llives.
Mr. Joseph Kinyua
Mr. Kinyua, is the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Government of Kenya.
He is a career economist having served in various capacities in the Treasury and Central Bank. He has also been involved in several projects with the International Monetary Fund both within Kenya and abroad. He holds MA and BA degrees in Economics (University of Nairobi).
He is currently a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nominations Committee.
Eng. Abdulrazaq Adan Ali
Non - Executive Director
Eng. Abdulrazaq Adan Ali is the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, Government of Kenya
Aged 53 years, Eng. Abdulrazaq Adan Ali was appointed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport after the formation of the Grand Coalition Government, on 20th April 2008. Before his appointment, Eng. Abdulrazaq was the Managing Director of the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority, an appointment he has held since 29th May 2000.
Eng. Ali is a registered Consulting Engineer with the Engineers Registration Board of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya (FIEK). A leading expert in environmental impact assessment, Eng. Abdulrazaq is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
He has been appointed to work for various working groups namely, the Africa Focus Group, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) 1995-2000 and is a member of the National Working Group on Operational Water Resources Management and Information Systems in the Nile Basin countries, 1997-2000. He was a member of the Task Force for the Review of the Water Act (Cap. 372), and Chairman of Kenya Red Cross Society, Isiolo Branch.
Eng. Ali has worked in various senior positions at the National Irrigation Board, Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority and Agricultural Development Corporation. He also worked with Sir M. MacDonald Partners and Consulting Engineers of UK from 1981 to 1984 as Resident Engineer.
Mr. Makatiani has extensive management experience and operational knowledge of African markets. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of African Management Services Company. He has previously served as Managing Partner of Gallium Partners Investments, Non-executive chairman of MCI/UUNET Africa and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Online Holdings
Mr. Makatiani has been voted among the leading top 15 CEOs in East Africa, three years in a row, in the Annual PricewaterhouseCoopers-Nation Media Group survey of the top CEO's in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. He is currently a member of the Board's Staff and Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Jos Veenstra
Alternate Non-Executive Director
Mr. Veenstra, is a Chartered Accountant. After completing his studies in Business Economics at the University of Groningen in 1991 he worked with KPMG as an auditor. He joined KLM in 1996. He has served in various financial positions for KLM in the Netherlands. During the last four years, he was Vice President Finance and Control for the Engineering and Maintenance division of KLM. He is currently also a board member for KLM UK Engineering Limited as well as EPCOR BV. Currently he is the Holding manager for KLM and responsible for the monitoring of KLM’s corporate holdings. He is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee.