Kenya Airways Commercial Director Hugh Fraser will be leaving the airline, as will his colleague Neil Canty, holding the portfolio of Finance Director.
In particular Hugh was enormously instrumental in the team supporting and surrounding CEO Titus Naikuni, to build Kenya Airways into the success story it was prior to the opposition inspired post election violence, which hit Kenya on a broad basis and ripped the carpet – speak business – from underneath the feet of many leading companies including KQ.
Recent reports filed in this column already spoke of the problems the airline was encountering in particular on the European routes and routes in and out of Mombasa, Staff have been asked to take paid leave (for the time being), although no formal lay offs are presently underway. A strict cost saving and cost reduction programme is presently being finalised and implemented to keep Kenya’s national airline financially balanced, until the recovery of the tourism sector goes underway and passenger numbers return to normality.
However, it is sadly noted that this recovery will apparently be without Hugh, whom this correspondent wishes the very best in the future.