Kevin Kinyanjui, long-serving Kenya Airways CIO, resigns from airline

Long-serving Kenya Airways Information Systems Director and CIO, Kevin Kinyanjui, is among four senior staff members who have left the national carrier as the firm’s new management continues with its staff changes.

Mr Kinyanjui, who joined KQ in early 2004, was in 2014 voted the ‘CIO of the Year‘ during the annual CIO100 Awards and Symposium organised by CIO East Africa magazine.

(TOP: Kevin Kinyanjui gives his remarks after being declared the ‘CIO of the Year’ during the 2014 CIO100 Awards & Symposium in Naivasha).

The other top executives who have departed the airline together with Kinyanjui are: Catherine Moraa (Head of Internal audit), Lucy Muhiu (Head of Employee Relations) and Brian Mbuti (the Manager in charge of In-flight and Jet Fuel Procurement).

The staff departures are part of the changes being initiated by the new management team led by new CEO Sebastian Mikosz and former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph, the airline’s board chairman.

According to Business Daily, Sammy Chepkwony, KQ’s human resource director – in a memo to staff – the four outgoing executives had “resigned” from their positions and announced that Judith Ochieng’ would replace Mr Mbuti in acting capacity.

Arguably among the pioneers in the country’s IT industry, Kinyanjui began his journey in the IT industry in 1986 as a Systems Designer and Developer at Agman Computer Services before moving to PwC as an IT Management Consultant 2 years later.

He then joined Bamburi Cement as the Group Information Systems (IS) Manager and CIO for a six-year stint between 1995 till 2001. From there, he then moved to Housing Finance as the IT Director and CIO from where he later joined Kenya Airways.

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