Kenya Airways CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni appointed to IATA Board of Governors

Dr. Titus Naikuni, Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways, has been appointed to the International Air Travel Association (IATA) Board of Governors. Dr. Naikuni, who is serving on the board for the second time, was also appointed to the 2012 Nominating Committee during the Association’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Singapore on June 6. With this appointment Mr Naikuni returns to the IATA Board having served for four years from 2004 to 2009.
 Also representing Africa on the IATA Board of Governors is Mrs. Siza Mzimela, the Group CEO of South African Airways and Mr Hussein Massoud, the Chairman and CEO of Egypt Air. The IATA Board Chairman is Mr Peter Hartman who is the President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines which owns a 26% stake in Kenya Airways. You can read the full list of the members of IATA Board of Governors here 

IATA is an international trade body that represents, leads, and serves over 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The board is composed of 31 persons elected from its members, who serve without remuneration. Their responsibilities include oversight and executive decision-making on behalf of the membership in order to provide policy directives and guidance to IATA Industry Committees, subsidiary bodies, IATA Traffic Conferences, and to industry settlement plans.

This appointment places Dr. Naikuni at the center of decision making for the aviation industry. It is a culmination of experience and expertise gained after 8 years at the helm of one of Africa’s leading airlines, Kenya Airways, and underpins the level of confidence that IATA members place in his leadership capabilities.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Naikuni noted, “I am greatly honored by this appointment and wish to express my gratitude to the IATA members for their confidence in my election to serve them. This appointment is very exciting, because it comes at a time when the economies of Africa are poised for takeoff. Transport is an important factor in Africa’s economic development and the aviation industry will undoubtedly play a major role in the pursuit of this development.”

He further added, “The appointment is an indication that African airlines are ready to take their rightful place in leading the decision making in the world’s aviation industry. I will strive to serve the interests of all members while seeking to ensure that airlines in Africa in particular are able to meet the safety, environmental, and sustainability agendas that IATA drives.”

Kenya Airways, “The Pride of Africa,” has positioned itself as a key driver in the development of transport links across Africa. The airline seeks to be the carrier of choice on the continent, connecting various African cities and linking Africa to the world through the airline’s hub in Nairobi. Kenya Airways is set to commence flights to its 54th global destination, Ndjamena, Chad, later this month.
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