New Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director and CEO Jonny Andersen has officially taken over ending anxiety over his delay to take the job.
He was appointed about four months ago but asked for a six-month delay to wind up his other engagements. But he later agreed to start his assignment in mid-November.
Mr Andersen takes over from Nicholas Bodo, who has been heading the authority in an acting capacity since July 2016.
Until his appointment to the helm of KAA, the new Managing Director was Director of National Airports at Avinor AS, a state-owned firm that manages airports in Norway, with responsibility for seven state-owned airport hubs.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Mr Andersen said that the task at hand is to set KAA for the future and to build the biggest aviation hub in the region.
“This is a pivotal time for KAA. Africa is rising; and the whole world is looking to it as the next frontier for growth. With its strategic geographical location, Kenya is an ideal gateway into the continent, and a regional aviation hub. I look forward to harnessing this potential to build prosperity for the authority and the country as a whole. We aim to not only provide bespoke infrastructure for the aviation industry, but also, from a commercial point of view, to efficiently deliver safe and secure aviation services for the country into the future. At the centre of our work will be people, strategy and execution”.
A career aviation professional with over 21 years’ experience managing airports in Norway, Denmark and Latvia, Mr Andersen holds a Master of Science degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University in the UK; and Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics from BI Norwegian School of Management in Norway. He also studied Chinese Business, Trade and Commerce at Fundan University in China; as well as Aviation Law at CAE Inc in The Netherlands.
KAA Board of Directors Chairman Julius Karangi said: “Today, we open a new chapter and a fresh beginning for KAA. The management and board of KAA aims to deliver a world class experience to airport users with zero tolerance to graft”.