The Kenya Airports Authority Board (KAA) has confirmed Alex Gitari as the managing director.
He is filling the position that has experienced cancellations in search of MD.
Additionally, the position has been vacant for nearly two years.
Transport Cabinet secretary James Macharia had canceled interviews for the appointment of the position after the board only presented a single name earlier.
KAA Human Resource Director Susan Kiama, says the standard procedure requires the board to submit three names for the Cabinet secretary to tap one as head of a State corporation.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Guitar for a term of three years effective July 8, 2021.she said
Further, she confirms that Gitari has provided effective leadership and KAA in an acting position.
We have great confidence that he is the right candidate to guide the authority through this pandemic.added Kiama.
The Managing Director
Gitari holds a master’s of business administration in finance from the University of Nairobi.
To add to that, he holds an advanced management program from Harvard business school.
As well as a Bachelors’s degree in commerce in accounting from the University of Nairobi.
Until his confirmation, the 57-year-old Gitari served as the General Manager of Finance.
The Authority appointed him as MD in an interim capacity following the exit of Jony Andersen.
The announcement of Andersen’s exit in August 2019 came days after Kenya Airways reported a Ksh8.6 billion loss in six months to June 30 the same year.
KAA has been without a substantive head for close to two years after the term of the Norwegian Johnny Andersen ended in 2019 and the expatriate opted against a second term.
Nevertheless, KAA conducted the first interview in February last year.
The second interview took place in March.
The appointment of an MD at the KAA has witnessed controversy in the recent past.