The Star (Nairobi)

25 January 2014

Kenya: KAA Confirms Lucy Mbugua As New MD

TRANSPORT cabinet secretary Michael Kamau has appointed Lucy Mbugua as the Kenya Airports Authority managing director after holding the position in an acting capacity for five months.

The new Kenya Airports Authority boss who will serve for a term of three years has her work cut out with the massive ongoing airport expansion programme and upgrade of airports across the country.

"Mbugua emerged as the best candidate from over 50 candidates after an intensive interview process. The recruitment process was as per the KAA Act and Public Service Commission guidelines," said KAA board chairman Mutuma Mugambi in a statement issued Friday.

Mbugua was appointed acting MD on August 15 after the immediate former boss Stephen Gichuki was sent on terminal leave few weeks before the expiry of his term in office amid a row over his contract renewal, wrangles over duty free shops tenancy and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's fire accident.

Mbugua who before her appointment was the general manager in charge of marketing at KAA has also previously worked at national carrier Kenya Airways as the head of marketing and communications.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Aviation from Moi University, a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing from the University of Nairobi and postgraduate diploma in sales and marketing from Dayton Ohio, USA. She is currently pursuing a PhD in strategic business management at the Moi University.

Other appointments announced Friday were that of the Kenya Bureau of Standards MD where Industrialisation cabinet secretary Adan Mohamed appointed Charles Ongwae while President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed former Safaricom managing director Michael Joseph as chancellor of Maseno University.

The latter appointments were contained in Friday's issue of the Kenya gazette.

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