Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) CEO Jonny Anderson has resigned from his position two months to the end of his three year term.
In a memo to his staff, Anderson cites “personal reasons” for his departure.
“I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that I have taken the decision not to pursue the decision of renewal my contract with KAA. This is after deep reflection and consolation with my family.
“I will be proceeding on leave on September 30, with my tenure ending on November 21, 2019. I will take fond memories of the authority, colleagues, and the incredible journey with me in my heart,” Anderson notes.
He joined the authority in July 2016 from Avinor AS in Norway where he was the national airports director.
He replaced acting managing director Yatich Kangugo after trouncing five other candidates, including Kangugo who emerged a distant fifth in the interviews.
Interview score sheets show that Andersen scored 88% while Kangugo scored 63% points.
During his three year tenure, JKIA was named as the best improved airport in Africa, best airport in Africa and number 38 in the world as well as the Africa airport of the year in air cargo.
He will also be remembered for leading the team in achieving the Last Point of Departures status for JKIA, paving the way for direct flights between the USA and Kenya.
However, it is worthy noting that he has had a rough path for the period he has been with the authority.
He came into the limelight after opposing an attempt by Kenya Airways to co-run the airport alongside KAA.
He also had a hard time from politicians especially MPs and government agencies that were uncomfortable with his decisions.
His resignation follows that of Kenya Airways CEO, Sabastian Mikosz who resigned from his position in May citing similar reasons.