Catherine Mturi-Wairi is now the new KPA Managing Director after the board appointed her to replace Gichiri Ndua who was sacked in February.
In an address on Tuesday, Kenya Ports Authority board of directors Chairman Marsden Madoka said Wairi who has been serving as the acting KPA Managing director since February is the best person for the job.
The chairman said Mrs Mturi-Wairi is not only the best choice to be the new KPA managing director, but also a proper expert in the industry given that she has served as a staff of KPA for long.
“Wairi is not only qualified, but also has a wealth of experience in the industry as a long-serving employee of KPA. She is the best steward to champion the ongoing restructuring of KPA to enhance robustness, efficiency and a higher degree of accountability,” Madoka noted.
During the interview for the appointment of new KPA managing director, Wairi scored the highest score during interviews at 72.5 percent. Coming in second was Joseph Atonga at 68.75 percent while Stanley Ndege Chai came third with 58.2 percent.
Wairi holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Finance and Accounting from United States University, Nairobi and a Master of Business Administration from the same institution.
She is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and Kenya Institute of Management.
She is a member of the Women in Marine Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA).
In addition to this, she is also a certified SAP Consultant, Finance.
She has worked at KPA for the last 23 years, having joined as a junior accountant I 1993.
She previously worked as Manager for Finance as well as manager for Financial Accounting and Manager for Management Accounting.
Wairi sits on the Board of Directors of Sidian Bank and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee.
She is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya – CPA (K) and Certified Public Secretary of Kenya – CPS (K).
Former KPA Managing Director Gichiri Ndua and other top officials were kicked home over corruption in February 2016.
Top KPA officials who were sent him included general managers who oversee human resources, operations, legal, corporate services and the head of security.
Mombasa Port OCPD and the county criminal investigations officer were also among those relieved of their duties.
An inter-agency committee formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to look at issues affecting the port recommended the sacking early this year.