From left; Mr. Ron Schipper, Mr. Vincent M. Shirima, Dr. Titus T. Naikuni, Mr. Michael N. Shirima (Board Chairman), Ms. Fabia J. Bausch (former Director), and Mr. Elias Mwashiuya (Company Secretary).
Mr. Michael N. Shirima
Chairman of the Board
Michael Shirima is a Tanzanian national who founded and built Precision Air Services Limited. He undertook aviation studies in the United Kingdom and USA and joined East African Airways where he worked as an Aircraft Performance Engineer. Michael rose through the ranks to the position of Operations Manager until the closure of that airline in 1977 due to the termination of the East African Community.
Following the closure of East African Airways, Mr Shirima participated in the formation of Air Tanzania Corporation, and was appointed to the position of Director of Operations a role he held for two years. He then left formal employment so as to fulfil his dreams of private business. The initial business venture he undertook was in coffee exporting. In 1986, he formed a crop dusting company with the function of aerial spraying of large scale crops. His passion however always remained in aviation and in 1991 he registered Precision Air Services Limited to operate passenger charter flights into the National Parks and subsequently scheduled flights.Mr Shirima has served as board member of Tanzania Coffee Authority and The Bank of Tanzania. He has also served as Chairman of The Tanzania Coffee Association and The Tanzania Golf Union.
Dr. Titus T. Naikuni
Dr. Naikuni holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Programme (PMD71) and was awarded a Doctor of Science Engineering by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, an honorary award in recognition of his contribution to development. He joined the Magadi Soda Company in 1979 as a trainee engineer and rose to the positions of Managing Director of that company in 1995 and Managing Director of the Magadi Railway Company (a subsidiary of Magadi Soda Company) in 1996. Between August 1999 and March 2001 Dr. Naikuni was a member of a team of World Bank sponsored Kenyan technocrats, known as the “Dream Team” who were engaged by the then President Moi to turn around the Kenyan economy. In this capacity Mr. Naikuni served as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Information, Transport and Communications and was a member of the Board of Kenya Airways during that period. He returned to Magadi Soda Company in April 2001 where he continued to serve as Managing Director, a position he held up to his present appointment with Kenya Airways in February 2003.Dr. Naikuni has had extensive boardroom experience having served on various company boards including as a member of the board of Brunner Mond (South Africa), as Chairman of the Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited and as Chairman of Housing Finance Company Limited. He received the Manager of the Year Award in Kenya in 2002. He is currently a board member of Maersk Kenya Ltd, Access Kenya Ltd, deputy Chairman of Magadi Soda Company Ltd and a member of Lafarge Advisory Board.He was appointed by President Kibaki as the Chairman of the Kenya Police Reform Implementation Committee
Mr. Vincent M. Shirima
Mr Vincent Shirima is an economist by profession having studied at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.In addition, he is currently the managing director of Rombo Millers which is involved with sourcing coffee in Tanzania and marketing it overseas. He also doubles as the managing director of Water Solutions Drilling Company Limited which deals with underground water exploration and borehole drilling all over Tanzania. He has been a member of the Precision Air Services Limited Board of Directors for several years and currently a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.
Mr. Ron Schipper
Ron Schipper started his career in aviation in 1969 by joining KLM as a cabin attendant. He flew for 3 years and was then transferred to cabin crew management where he worked in various management positions until 1979. He left the Netherlands in 1980 for his first posting as Manager Cabin Crew seconded to Nigeria Airways in Lagos. In 1982 he was appointed Sales Manager Kenya based in Nairobi after which he was transferred to the UK in 1984 as District manager Northern England based in Manchester.
In 1986 Ron was appointed as General Manager Ghana and in 1989 he spent a brief period in France as interim General Manager France based in Paris before returning to the Netherlands to take up the appointment of Executive Secretary of the Passenger Division. In 1991 he was seconded to Antillean Airlines in Curacao as Managing Director. In 1994 Ron was appointed as VP Africa based in Johannesburg and in 2004 the Near East was added to his area of responsibility. Ron retired from KLM in 2008 and continues to live in Johannesburg. Ron has served as Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce South Africa / the Netherlands.
Ms. Sauda S. Rajab
Group Managing Director & CEO
Ms. Sauda is an all rounded Executive Professional with vast experience in the airline travel market, people management, finance, general sales as well as marketing. She holds a BA in Political Sciences & Arts from University of Nairobi, still pursuing an MBA at Strathmore University, Nairobi.
With more than 23 years wealth of experience in Aviation Industry, she joined Kenya Airways as a management trainee in 1989, and over the years rose up the ranks, holding various managerial positions in the airline including District Sales Manager-Coast Zone 1996-2000, Country Manager Uganda, Burundi & Rwanda 2000-2002, General Manager–Kenya Sales 2002–2003, Area Manager-East Africa 2003-2005, Regional General Manager Europe, Americas & Asia 2005-2010, and General Manager, Cargo Operations. (2010 – Feb 2013), the position she held leading to her appointment as the Group MD & CEO of Precision Air Services PLC.
As CEO, Sauda is responsible for ensuring that the company attains its Commercial, Operational, Risk, and Financial goals. Her role covers the companies under the Precision Air umbrella including Precision Air Services, Precision Air Ground Handling and Precise Systems. As the Team Leader of the Airlines’ Management team, she collaborates, reports to and is a member of the Companys’ Board of Directors.