Ezekiel “Supo” Shadiya has been appointed to the position of Director NNPC/CNL Joint Venture in Chevron Nigeria Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit.
The position is Chevron’s Number 2 job in Nigeria and it’s the first time a Nigerian
is stepping into it. Shadiya succeeds, and reports to Andrew Fawthrop, whose appointment as Managing Director was recently announced.
The Chevron Nigeria portfolio is the second largest in Africa after Angola, where Chevron’s production has exceeded the output of the Nigerian unit for upwards of three years.
Chevron’s decision to put an African in a deputy MD position follows examples by Shell, ExxonMobil and TOTAL.
But Shadiya’s position is powerful, as it oversees the entire JV portfolio. In terms of capacity, it is in excess of 350,000BOPD gross.
Shadiya received his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Nsukka in 1979, his Master’s degree in Geophysics from the University of London in 1981 and his Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1996. He joined Chevron in 1983, as an Exploration Geophysicist and has held numerous technical and management positions of increasing responsibility.
Ali Moshiri, the corporation’s President in charge of Africa, said that the decision was based on “the broad leadership and technical skills, business acumen, and Chevron Way behaviors of this highly respected individual”. The decision was taken by the corporation’s Global Upstream & PDC and the Human Resources Committee (HRC).