By Spy Uganda
Earlier this week all the news has been on the qualification of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uganda Airlines, Jenifer Bamuturaki.
Bamuturaki appearing before the Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities (COSASE) chaired by Nakawa West Member of Parliament, Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi. On Wednesday, 17 August 2022 Jennifer assured legislators that she is qualified and experienced to run the airline since she has over 20 years of experience in aviation business. Jennifer told legislators that, together with her able team, have a over 100 yrs of experience when combined.
Together with my team, because we work as a team, have over 100 yrs if experience. That’s why the aircrafts are still in the skies,” she added.
She said the experience supported by the certificates obtained from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) makes her a strong CEO for the job.
“The certificates I have from IATA; if you put them together, they will come to a diploma but I have a degree. It doesn’t matter what I did at degree level, but I have the skill and certification from IATA, no one can take that away from me, it’s my gift,” Bamuturaki said, adding that she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Makerere University.
But all the above actually left some members of the Committee, some of which looked already judgmental, in a junction.
Now the mighty Spy Uganda has unearthed Bamuturaki’s full CV analyzing how qualified she is and the huge experience and skills she possesses...we kick it off below;
Bamuturaki has over 20 years of experience in Commercial, Sales & Marketing roles in the Aviation, Travel and Hospitality industries.
Her roles in the above fields included the setting up of Airlines and Hotels and through these projects, she has had active and forefront involvement in research and development, recruitment processes, budget implementation, strategic planning and numerous deliverables in the Sales and Marketing department.
Until recently she was an integral part of the leadership of an Airline with a strong emphasis on developing regional routes. Her previous and current experience has been primarily in the Sales, Marketing and Branding Departments as a Director for major International Hotel Brands.
About her education, she joined Makerere University (1990 -1993) where she got a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Social Works & Social Administration, Nabisunsa Girls School (1988 – 1990) Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (U.A.C.E) and Kyebambe Girls School (1984 – 1988) Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (U.C.E).
She has got enough training from;
1. Room Division Management (Yield Management)-Hotel School, The Hague, Netherlands Aug 2000.
2. The Starwood Sales Program, Sales Training Certificate.
3. Sheraton Bahrain – 2000.
4. Sheraton Dar Es Salaam- 2001.
5. Management and Leadership Training, Air Uganda 2011.
6. Starwood Sales Program – 2016.
7. Customer Service Excellence, Bellaton Consultants – 2013.
8. Airline Sales and Key Account Management, IATA 2013.
9. Business Development Workshop, 2014
10. Golden Tulip Brand staff training – 2018.
11. Building High-Performance Teams, John Maxwell Leadership, Solutions Africa – 2018.
Bamuturaki is an active member of the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU).
About her skills and work experience, Bamuturaki has worked at;
Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala (Director of Sales & Marketing); since June 2017, then Sheraton Kampala Hotel (Director of Sales & Marketing) from September 2014 – September 2016, from here she joined Air Uganda as Head of Sales & Marketing from August 2008 – August 2014.
Further, Bamuturaki worked at Air Uganda as Commercial Consultant from April 2007 – April 2008 and was key in the Airline start-up process and opening, responsible for regional office setups, and recruitment of commercial teams, and carried out route research and planning before the startup among other noble responsibilities.
From Air Uganda, Bamuturaki was ‘fished’ by Travel Ltd as sales manager from April 2006 – April 2007 responsible for setting up the sales and reservations department, managing of sales and ticketing shop, responsible for acquiring corporate accounts for the Travel
Agency among others.
From August 2002 – July 2005, Bamuturaki joined East African Airlines as Country Manager, then switched to Sheraton Kampala Hotel playing various roles in several positions among them including Sales Manager from Jan 2000 – Apr 2002, Group and Banquet Sales Coordinator from Sept 1999 – Dec 1999, Assistant Manager Front office – Duty Manager from Jan 1998 – Aug 1999, Guest Relations Office from June 1997 – Jan 1998.
From May 1996 – April 1997 she joined Imperial Botanical Hotel as Personnel Manager responsible for staff recruitment, induction and probation, preparation of staff performance appraisals & staff welfare schemes, and handling employee grievances disputes and disciplinary matters.