Kenya Airways has turned to 44 year old Polish national Sebastian Mikosz to steer the company back to profitability after struggling for years with losses.
As Group Managing Director and CEO, his appointment is effective June 1, 2017.
The airline’s Board Chairman Michael Joseph said the decision on his appointment was unanimous by the Board. “In December 2016, the Board engaged the services of an international search firm, Spencer Stuart to assist the Board in identifying a successor to Mbuvi as Group Managing Director and CEO. I am pleased to announce the Board has finally reached a unanimous decision in this matter,” Mr Joseph said.
Sebastian Mikosz is currently the CEO of eSky, one of the major Internet travel agencies in Poland. The agency operates in 4 countries: Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Brazil. He has been the Chief Executive from February 2016.
He takes over from Mr. Mbuvi Ngunze who has headed the troubled airline for the past two years and was due for retirement in March but had to stay on pending the recruitment of the new CEO.
Prior to the travel agency, he was the Chief Executive Officer LOT Polish Airlines for two years. He took over the company after it forced to turn to the Polish government for a 400m zlotys ($126m) bailout in 2012. He previously headed the same company between 2009-10 when he was brought in to turn the airline around and quickly prepare it for sale.
He has previously worked as a Senior Advisor at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, Director at Deloitte Poland and Deputy CEO of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he speaks four languages; English, Polish, French and Russian.
Michael Joseph congratulated him for his appointed and affirmed the Board’s full support to him.
“We wish him every success as he assumes his new responsibilities. We have no doubt that under his leadership and guidance the airline, with the support of management and the Board will strive to greater heights and achievements as well as continue to regain its altitude as the Pride of Africa’.”