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The Anglo Dutch Major Provides The Stock Of Chief Executives For Most Of Africa’s Leading Independents…
By Toyin Akinosho

WHEN AFREN ANNOUNCED FIRST Oil from the Okoro field in south eastern Nigeria in June 2008, the company had existed only for four years.

The  managing director of Afren Nigeria, the company’s heartland, at the time, was Egbert Imomoh, a former Deputy Managing Director at Shell who had worked briefly in London after retirement, before joining the board of the new company founded by Liberia’s Ethelbert Cooper.

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‘Warri Boy’ Takes Over British Gas (BG) Worldwide

The last European to be Chief Executive Officer of Shell Nigeria has taken over the reins of BG’s entire portfolio worldwide.

Chris Finlayson, who handed over to Basil Omiyi, the company’s first Nigerian managing director in 2002, left the Anglo Dutch major two and half years ago and moved on up in the world. He took over the helm of BG group on January 1, 2013. Prior to that elevation, Finlayson was Executive Director and Managing Director BG Advance.

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Tullow Darkens Its Faces In East Africa

With Jimmy Mugerwa appointed Country Manager and Grace Kavuma, Finance Manager, both in the last six months, Tullow Oil has largely localized the upper ranks of its Ugandan workforce.Jimmy Mugerwa

The jobs used to be done by Europeans. Eoin Mekie was the last Country Manager of European origin for Tullow in Uganda. He left the job in November 2012.

Mugerwa and Kavuma come to their jobs with considerable qualification and some see their placement as quite strategic. With Tullow’s completion of the sale of two third of its assets in the Albertine graben to France’s Total and China’s CNOOC — a process that was delayed by a capital tax impasse and negotiations over a stabilization clause — the national conversation is around how Ugandans will benefit from this natural resource.

The government is considering the partners’ plan of development of the Albertine Basin, where Tullow claims there has been 1 Billion Barrels of Oil discovered and there’s potential to find another 800Million barrels. The Ugandan government has been quite vocal about “detailed programme for recruitment and training of Ugandans.grace-jethro-kavuma

A Bachelor of Science graduate in Agriculture from Makerere University, who holds Masters’ degree in the same course from the University of Wales, and attended an executive business leadership programme in Lausanne, Switzerland, Mugerwa arrived Tullow Oil by way of  Shell Kenya of which he was chairman. He had worked at Shell Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and in the Netherlands.

Kavuma, meanwhile, was executive director and chief financial officer at the Development Finance Company of Uganda(DFCU) Bank, a position he held after working at Barclays Bank Uganda and Shell Africa.

John Scott Is The New CEO

Victoria Oil and Gas has announced the appointment of John Scott, 54, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, with immediate effect. Scott has undergraduate and post graduate engineering degrees, and initially trained with Royal Dutch Shell before furthering his education with an MBA from the London Business School. He has more than 30 years’ experience of upstream and downstream oil and gas operations both in industry and in energy banking. Scott previously served in technical and senior commercial roles with the British National Oil Company and Halliburton. He has also has held various investment banking roles with Citigroup, Standard Bank and ABN Amro. The new helmsman has extensive corporate finance and transactional experience in West Africa and Russia and has established strong business relationships within these regions. He was a founder of Toronto Venture Exchange-listed Exile Resources Inc, a West African oil and gas exploration company that merged with OandoPlc, a Nigerian oil producer. In Russia, Mr Scott has completed several high profile oil and gas transactions including the acquisition and disposal of gas assets during his time as an energy investment banker and as a Regional Director of Halliburton. Mr Scott joins VOG from Indus Gas Plc (“Indus”), one of the largest oil and gas companies by market capitalisation on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

Jide Ojo Is Out Of Addax

Jide Ojo, former President of the Nigerian Association Of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), has left Addax Petroleum in Nigeria. He was the company’s General Manager for Exploration. At a well attended send forth party for him in a seaside Chinese restaurant in Lagos, he dismissed insinuations that he is a unique species among his generation of Nigerian technical professionals who work for multinationals. Mr Ojo has worked in the industry for 32 years and has moved around, working for Shell, ExxonMobil, Statoil, Global Energy and Addax.jide

“Perennial Mover?”, he questioned the phrase. “Only five moves in more than 32 years in the industry, with sometimes 6-10 years between moves, ultimately leading to voluntary exit from Addax (albeit three years before retirement age) sounds deliberately focussed/decisive rather than flighty, if you ask me”.  He left Addax finally at the end of February 2013 after three more months working on contract as a Consultant. Asked if he was one of several experienced engineers and geologists invited to the company by the late Jim Pearce, Addax’s transformational former CEO, he responded quite formally. “Jeff Schrull’s incorporation of meinto the Addax family certainly had a Jim Pearce handle to it.  Jeff was hired as Corporate GM Exploration based in Geneva and his mandate was to move the company further upstream by activating an exploration focus which was mostly non-existent at the time.  I was then brought on board close to two years later to build up the corresponding Nigerian Exploration Business Unit”.

Al-Jebouri Moves Farther Up In Lukoil

Russian operator, Lukoil has promoted GatiSaadi Al-Jebouri to the  position of Senior Vice PresidentGati  Photo1 of LUKOIL Overseas, a subsidiary of the company.Prior to this elevation, Mr. Al-Jebouri was the Executive Director of Dubai Branch of LUKOIL Overseas.

Lukoil says that MrAl-Jebouri has been successfully holding senior management positions in the companies of LUKOIL Group for more than ten years.

Starting from 1998, He was Director of Investment and Finance in London-based office of LUKOIL Europe Holdings Ltd., in 1998. Five years later, in 2003, Gati Al-Jebouri was appointed Chief Finance Officer of LITASCO SA (LUKOIL International Trading and Supply Company), i.e. LUKOIL’s multinational marketing and commercial entity registered in Switzerland. From 2005, he held the position of CEO in LITASCO. From March 2010 till present, Gati Al-Jebouri performed the duties of Executive Director in the operating company in charge of LUKOIL’s strategic West Qurna-2 project.

Ian Sinclair Joins Rialto’s Board

Rialto Energy has appointed Andrew Ian Sinclair to its Board in the interim. The appointment is to allow the company to comply with Australian requirements to have two directors resident in Australia, whilst it completes a search for a permanent Australian based Non-executive Director to replace Jeff Schrull,  whohas stood down from the board.

Mr. Sinclair, who is based in Sydney, Australia, is a founder of Giant Capital, an international investment fund focused on the oil and gas sector which he founded in 2011. Previously,he had a 16 year career with Macquarie Bank in Sydney, London and Houston.

Rialto Energy has assets in Cote d’Ivoire, where is the Operator (85% working interest) of the CI-202 block offshore, which contains the Gazelle Field and Ghana, where it holds a 12.5% interest in the Offshore Accra Contract Area, operated by Ophir Energy.

The company also has an interest in the Apache operated WA-399-P Block in the Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia.


Hataba Is The New Head Of Circle Egypt

Circle Oil has announced the appointment of Mr Hassan Hataba as General Manager for Circle Oil Egypt Ltd, effective 1 January 2013. Hassan holds a BSc. in Geology from Cairo University and has 37 years of oil and gas experience 25 of which he spent at a broad range of organisations including the Suez Gulf Petroleum Company (“Gupco”), a joint venture between Amoco, and later BP, and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (“EGPC”). Hassan held a variety of positions at Gupco culminating in his appointment as Chief Geologist.

Following his career at Gupco, Hassan spent nine years as Undersecretary for Exploration and later Exploration and Production affairs at Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum.

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Advisory: So Much Under One Roof


When Gbite Adeniji left Aelex Nigeria, the commercial and litigation law firm, in 2010, there were whispers that the man had moved on again. He had co-founded the Law Union in 1995, arguably the largest commercial law firm at the time and worked in the Oil & Gas Policy Division of the World Bank. On return to the country in 2003, he had consulted for the Nigerian Government on some important assignment in the oil and mining sectors, including the downstream gas bill (now incorporated into the Petroleum Industry Bill). He left Aelex, which he also co-founded, after six years.

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NAPE Gets A Female President-In-Waiting

Adedoja Ojelabi has been elected the President-Elect of the Nigerian Association Of Petroleum Explorationists(NAPE), the largest single body of petroleum geoscientists on the African Continent.

Ojelabi(Mrs.) was elected unopposed at the annual general meeting of the association, in the course of the 30th International Conference, which ended on November 15, 2012.

“I won’t be president until November 2013”, Ojelabi, an earth scientist with Chevron, the American major, declared to well-wishers after the announcement. “I will be Mr Osahon’s Girl Friday until then”.

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