Former Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation chief executive Dr. Macharia Irungu has been appointed the new Kenya Pipeline Managing Director.
He replaces Hudson Andambi who has been acting MD since December 2018, following the exit of Joel Sang over graft allegations.
According to a statement from the Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes, Irungu brings on board over 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, 11 of which he has been at high management levels.
He emerged the best applicant among other 88 applicants who were interviewed by the board of directors.
“This decision follows a rigorous recruitment process conducted by the KPC board of Directors, and which was observed throughout by officials from the Public Service Commission. The Board received 88 applicants for the position, and interviewed a final shortlist of 9,” read part of the statement signed by CS John Munyes.
“The names of the 3 candidates who scored highest were thereafter forwarded to me for the final decision on who should be appointed the Managing Director,” Munyes added.
Dr. Irungu is also a commissioner at the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Business Management Degree from the National University – the USA and a Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Irungu is a member of the America Chamber of Commerce, Kenya Hospital Association, British Business Association, Institute of Directors and the Kenya Institute of Management.