The Nigerian geologist Tolulope Ewherido has been promoted to the position of Director, Established Areas Exploration, ExxonMobil Upstream Company.
Up until the end of April 2022, she was the Vice President Subsurface, ExxonMobil Upstream.
A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier University, Ewherido is the highest ranked African technical professional in ExxonMobil worldwide.
Her current job is located in Springs, Texas in the United States, whereas, her last three positions: Exploration Manager, Guld of Mexico (2014-2017); Vice President Technical- Geoscience Exploration (2017 -2019) and Vice President, Subsurface, (2019-2022) were all in Houston, Texas.
In a wide ranging, in-depth 2018 interview with the earth science journal GeoExpro, Mrs. Ewherido described her promotion to Vice President, Technical Geoscience Exploration as “a global role with probably the broadest scope of any I have had”.
She has since stepped higher, of course,
Ewherido has spent 31 years in the company and has been taking job after job of increasing responsibility.
Her career actually took off when she became General Manager, Nigeria Production Geoscience in 2007.
“I have to admit, I’m a production geologist at heart,” she told GeoExpro, which is published in the UK: “I really like the part of the value chain post-discovery when you are evaluating the field and working out the concepts that will deliver maximum productivity, recovery and profitability and then executing that over the life of the field.”
At that time (15 years ago), Nigeria was a significant heartland of the company’s global portfolio. Ewherido moved up in 2009 to become General Manger, Nigeria Deepwater Venture Projects.
In May 2012, which is around 10 years ago, she left Nigeria for the United States, on a posting as Commercial Manager, Exploration, Americas Region. She has moved on farther up from there.