Alex Gitari has finally been appointed Kenya Airports Authority MD after serving for 23 months in interim capacity.
His appointment comes following exit of Johnny Anderson in 2019.
“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Guitar for a term of three years effective July 8, 2021,” Director and Chair of the Human Resource Committee of the Board Susan Kiama said.
In a statement on Thursday, Kiama said Gitari emerged the winner in an exercise that was carried per KAA act.
“He has provided effective leadership and KAA in an acting position and we have confidence that he is the right candidate to guide the authority through this pandemic,” Kiama said.
“… and more importantly leverage the opportunities and resources that will enable the authority to emerge stronger and maintain its position.”
Gitari holds a masters of business administration in finance from the university of Nairobi, an advanced management program from Harvard
business school and a bachelors degree of commerce in accounting from the university of Nairobi.
Before his elevation to the position he was KAA general manager for finance
“Gitari takes over as recovery of the aviation sector begins to take momentum,” Kiama said.
The KAA conducted the first interview in February last year with the second one happening in March.
The position has remained vacant for nearly two years.
The announcement of Andersen’s exit in August came days after Kenya Airways reported a Sh8.6 billion loss for the six months to June 30.
The net loss more than doubled compared to the Sh4billion loss reported in a similar period last year.