After 14 years at GE, Allan Kivaluka moves to aviation industry as Jambojet CEO

Regional low-cost airline, Jambojet has appointed Allan Kilavuka as the new MD and CEO effective January 1, 2019.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Allan Kilavuka as our new CEO. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the Africa business environment and has successfully delivered high outcomes at lower costs and led in driving efficiencies and simplification in his previous roles. As a growing regional low-cost carrier, we are confident that he is the ideal person to steer Jambojet to the next level,” said Vincent Rague, Jambojet’s board chairman.

Kilavuka has over 23 years’ experience in leadership and management. He has proven success in new organization set ups, change management, financial planning, integrations, process improvement and company compliance.

(TOP: Allan Kivaluka, the new CEO at Jambojet).

Prior to his appointment, Allan Kilavuka served at General Electric (GE), for over 14 years, with his latest role being that of the Executive in-charge of Global Operations for sub-Sahara Africa responsible for the strategic leadership in developing the shared service model and designing organization and structure. He has also held various senior roles in GE both in Kenya and South Africa.

He has a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the University of Nairobi and also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. He has trained at GE’s world class Crotonville Leadership Institute in New York, USA in Executive Leadership, Advanced Management and Financial Management.

Kilavuka is taking over from Willem Hondius who has been at the helm of the airline since its inception in 2014.

“We are grateful to Hondius for his exemplary service and leadership that put in place the necessary building blocks for a strong and successful low-cost airline. We wish him success in his future endeavours” said Rague.

Hondius was instrumental in leading the introduction of Jambojet in the Kenyan market and revolutionizing air travel by opening up the skies for all to fly for less. Under his leadership, the airline has continuously grown their fleet after they recently announced the leasing of two new aircraft to join the Bombardier fleet of five.

Additionally, the airline has increased its frequencies across its six destinations to accommodate the growing demand for affordable air travel. In 2018, the low-cost carrier expanded their footprint by going regional through the launch of their Nairobi-Entebbe route and hit the 2.5 million passengers’ mark.

Jambojet, a regional low-cost airline, that currently flies to six destinations from its hub in Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Entebbe, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi and Ukunda (Diani). The no-frills airline, launched in April 2014, has enabled affordable air travel for all, with first time flyers accounting for about 30% of its customers. In the four years of operation, the no-frills airline has achieved undeniable business growth; with an aggressive fleet expansion comprising of 5 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 Next Generation, regional growth with the recently introduced flights to Entebbe and flown over 2,500,000 passengers. This number is set to grow as more travellers appreciate the benefits of low cost flying.


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