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Boeing, Kenya Airways Celebrate Opening of Leadership Center


Representatives from Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Kenya Airways were on hand this past Thursday to mark the launch of the airline’s new training and leadership facility named “The Pride Centre.”

Located just outside the Kenyan capital, the newly refurbished facility was purchased by Kenya Airways in 2005 and modeled on Boeing’s Leadership Center in St. Louis. A Kenya Airways fact-finding team recently visited Boeing’s training facility and Rolls-Royce’s Training Centre located just outside its headquarters in Derby, UK. Boeing has consulted with the airline on The Pride Centre’s design and layout and is currently working with Kenya Airways’ management on course development and exploring opportunities for future on-site training.

Lee Monson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for the Middle East and Africa, was invited as the honored guest at Kenya Airways’ inaugural ceremony for The Pride Centre.

“Leadership development is important to Boeing’s strategy for continued success,” Monson said. “It’s rewarding to work with an airline customer that shares an ideology to invest in human resources and is working to develop future leaders -- not just for its own company, but also to the benefit of the entire Kenyan business enterprise.”

Beyond airline-specific training tools, such as 787 door trainers that will be installed in 2008, The Pride Centre will serve to develop skill sets at the managerial and executive level through specialized course training based on proven leadership attributes.

Kenya Airways’ Managing Director and CEO Titus Naikuni has been a driving force in the airline’s strategy to enhance Kenya’s infrastructure on a multitude of levels.

“The opening of The Pride Centre is another milestone event for Kenya Airways as we work towards building a more successful tomorrow for the airline and for Kenya as a whole,” Naikuni said. “We appreciate Boeing’s commitment to our working relationship and value their participation in helping make this training and leadership centre a regional success in East Africa.”


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