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Profile of Captain William Ruto

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 Newly-appointed KPA managing director Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto.

Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto has been appointed as the new Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director.

Captain Ruto takes over from John Mwangemi, who has held the position in an acting capacity since 2022, and will serve for the next three years.

The seat fell vacant in 2020 following the resignation of Daniel Manduku.

The seasoned mariner who currently serves as Kisumu Port managing director, started his career at KPA in 1991 as a Cadet Marine Deck Officer.

He rose through the ranks and has held high-profile positions including General Manager (Operations) and Harbour Master.

Captain Ruto holds an (MBA in Strategic Management from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and a Class 1 Master Mariner seafarer qualification from South Tyneside Marine College, UK.

He is also an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute (AF-NI) and a member of the International Harbour Master's Association, UK.

"It is my belief that his wealth of experience spanning 32 years will be instrumental in ensuring the Authority delivers on its mandate to the people of Kenya and continues to contribute towards the growth of the Kenyan economy," said Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen of the appointment.

According to Murkomen, Captain Ruto was selected from a pool of over 75 applicants who sought to occupy the post following a recruitment drive carried out by the KPA Board of Directors from December 23, 2022.

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