Sauda Rajab is a Kenyan female corporate executive, who serves as the chief executive officer of Precision Air, a privately owned regional airline, based in Tanzania, rendering services in the countries of the African Great Lakes.[2]

Sauda Rajab
Born1964 (age 56–57)[1]
DiedMay 2021
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi
London Business School
University of Pretoria
OccupationChief Executive Officer
Years active1989 — present
Known forManagement

Background and educationEdit

She was born in Kenya's port-city of Mombasa, circa 1964.[1] When the children were still young, their parents divorced, which led to their single father raising them.[3] She graduated from the University of Nairobi and received post graduate training and education from he London Business School and the University of Pretoria.[2]


In 1989, Sauda Rajab was hired as a management trainee at the government-owned (30 percent as of September 2015),[4] Kenya Airways (IATA: KQICAO: KQA). During the pre-hiring interview, she informed the panel of her desire to lead an airline some day, correctly predicting the future.[2]

Over the next 24 years, she rose through the ranks. She held several high profile positions at KQ along the way, including as (a) General Manager for Kenya, (b) Regional General Manager for Europe, the Americas and Asia and her last position at KQ was as (c) General Manager for Cargo.[5]

On 1 March 2013, she was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Precision Air (IATA: PWICAO: PRF),[2][5] where KQ owns 41.23 percent shareholding, as of 31 March 2016.[1] Since her arrival at PW, she has instituted changes and is credited with partial recovery at the airline.[2]

Other considerationsEdit

As managing director and CEO, she sits on the board of directors of PW, effective March 2013.[5] As of March 2017, Sauda Rajab was one of a minimal number of women chief executives of private and public airlines in the world.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Precision Air (17 August 2016). "Precision Air Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Period 2015/2016, Ending 31 March 2016" (PDF). Dar es Salaam: Precision Air. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Batte, Edgar (29 October 2017). "Rajab, the woman behind growth at regional airline". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ Jackson Biko (22 November 2012), "Why Sauda is cynical about getting married", Business Daily Africa, Nairobi, retrieved 3 November 2017
  4. ^ Ochieng, Lilian (21 September 2015). "Chris Kirubi predicts rosy future for Kenya Airways". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Precision Air (3 November 2017). "Precision Air: Board of Directors: Ms. Sauda Rajab". Dar es Salaam: Precision Air. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ Otieno, Michael (18 March 2017). "Female aviators face turbulence". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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