The Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) has announced the appointment of Ms. Agnes Mucuha as its new Chief Executive Officer effective 1st January 2020.
Ms. Mucuha will be taking over from Nicanor Sabula who has resigned from the position to pursue other interests.
Sabula has served as CEO since 2015 and is credited for having turned around the Association into a vibrant and respectable organisation in the travel and tourism industry both within and out of the country.
The KATA Chairman, Mohammed Wanyoike, in a statement, termed the outgoing CEO as a very progressive leader that passionately served the Association with dedication and brought positive energy and optimism in the travel trade.
“His vision, drive and focus on results have materially strengthened KATA. It is during his tenure that the association revamped its membership services, professionalized its secretariat staff and purchased an office space,” he added.
“I wish on behalf of the Board and the entire membership of KATA to thank him sincerely and wish him success in his future endeavours,” said Wanyoike.
In announcing the appointment of Ms. Mucuha, Wanyoike noted that she was assuming the position at a time when the travel industry was going through significant changes and expressed confidence that she would be able to steer the organisation through them.
“Ms. Mucuha brings in a wealth of experience having previously worked in the hospitality and aviation industry. She has practical knowledge and deep understanding of the industry which coupled with strong networks with industry stakeholders positions her well to lead the organisation into the next phase of growth,” said Mr. Wanyoike.
Previously, Ms. Mucuha worked at Sarova Panafric Hotel, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Qatar Airways.
She is vastly experienced in Sales and Marketing and her immediate past responsibility was the Operations Director at a family-owned business.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a