AGIP NIGERIA has chosen Tope Olaleye as the exploration manager for its largest, most productive asset: the 200,000BOPD Joint Venture acreages in the central Niger Delta. The quiet, self effacing career geologist was a surprising choice over the visible Geophysicist Charles Ojo, who delivers most of Agip’s technical papers in the conference circuit and comes across, often, as the face of the company. Olaleye took over the job from Ayo Ogunde, who has moved upstairs to run the Nigerian Agip Exploration, the new affiliate in charge of frontier acreages. Mr Ogunde is also more involved in top management decisions, doing scenario planning for the company. Olaleye trained at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Nigeria, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology in 1977 and earned a Masters In Business Administration MBA (Management) from the University of Lagos in 1989. He started work in Agip on April 1, 1980 as an Assistant Exploration Geologist and rose through various positions from Subsurface Geologist to Senior Exploration Geologist and Project Leader at various times. He was appointed Deputy Manager, Exploration Assets Development in January 2005 before the current move.
TOTAL, THE FRENCH OIL AND GAS supermajor, has announced the appointment of Yves-Louis Darricarrere, as President, Exploration and Production worldwide. He moves into the position in February 2007, when Christophe de Margerie takes hold of the entire corporation as Chief Executive Officer. Yves-Louis Darricarrere, 55, has had extensive international experience in the company, including 10 years working in Australia, Egypt and Colombia. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Ecole Nationale Superierure des Mines and the Institut d’Etudes Politics in Paris, he joined Elf Aquitaine in 1978, working first in the mining division in Australia and subsequently in Exploration and Production. He held a variety of senior management positions starting in 1984, successively Managing Director of the Egyptian and Columbian subsidiaries, director of Acreage Assets Negotiations and New Ventures and Chief Financial Officer, Exploration and Production and Oil &Gas. In 1998, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Europe/United States for the Exploration &Production business and a member of the Elf Aquitaine Management Committee. In 2000, he was named Senior Vice President, Northern Europe for the Exploration & Production business and joined the Corporation’s Management Committee. He is moving to his next job from his current position of President of TOTAL Gas &Power, a job he has held since 2003.