Monday, July 9, 2012

Posta launches search for new chief executive

From Business Daily:

The Postal Corporation of Kenya will Wednesday morning start the search for a new postmaster general through an advertisement that is calling for applications.

The notice comes two days after PCK tapped Enock Kinara, the general manager for financial services at the firm as the acting post master general to replace Maj General (Rtd) Hussein Ali, a former Commissioner of Police.

Maj Gen Ali, who has been at the helm since 2009 left after the board of directors found his performance in the first three years of service wanting.

“The corporation seeks to recruit a dynamic, innovative and business oriented Kenyan chief executive officer,” says the PCK job notice. Applicants have until June 14 to respond

It says the candidate must have “insight into the key issues currently driving the postal sector and the challenges unique to the corporation operating within a dynamic communications technology industry.

This is a signal that PCK is looking for a turnaround artist to grow and defend its market share in a business environment where it is faced with stiff competition from private courier firms

The use of technology such as e-mail, mobile phones, and mobile money transfer, which are becoming the preferred mode of communication, have continued to threaten its core business of snail mail

“The decline can be attributed to the stiff competition the sector faces from other ICT service providers with efficient and less expensive means of communication,” says the Communications Commission of Kenya in its annual report for September to December

The executive search marks the first time the corporation will be seeking a chief executive through a competitive process in its 15-year history.

Past postmasters general have been political appointees.

The former police chief was appointed postmaster-general in September 2009, taking over from Fred Odhiambo. Others who have served in the post include Dan Ameyo and Francis Chahonyo

The US consulting firm, IBM, released a report recommending vigorous restructuring of the postal corporation with an aim of getting on board a “younger, energetic talent” to drive the agency in a competitive market.

IBM Corporate Service Corps said PCK should also tap into new business opportunities such as offering government and banking agency services to boost its earnings.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Posta adds State services in plan to boost dwindling revenues

The Postal Corporation of Kenya is adopting a new business strategy that will see it offer government services such as processing of driving licences, birth certificates and passports for a fee to boost its dwindling revenues.

This came directly our of IBM CSC action plan for PCK.

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