JUST IN: UNIBEN alumna, Elohor appointed Shell Nigeria first female MD

World energy giant, Shell has named Elohor Aiboni as the Managing Director of its Nigeria deep-water business, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, SNEPCo.

CAMPUS GIST reports that, Elohor is an alumna of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City. She bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the institution.

According to a statement on Sunday by Shell’s senior vice-president for Nigeria, Marno de Jong, the appointment is with effect from today August 1, 2021.

*Elohor at Shell

Elohor is the first female to lead a Shell exploration company in the over 60 years of Shell’s operations in Nigeria. She succeeds Bayo Ojulari who retired on July 31, 2021 after five years as SNEPCo’s MD and over 30 years of service in the Shell group.

Until this appointment, Elohor was the Bonga asset manager responsible for overseeing end-to-end production delivery for Nigeria’s pioneer deep-water floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, Bonga, an offshore asset that has produced over 900 million barrels of oil since it began operations in 2005.

“Elohor’s appointment is a product of diligence, competence and commitment to the Shell ideals and core values amidst our strong focus on diversity and inclusion,” the statement said.

“We take pride in our intention of being one of the most diverse and inclusive organisations in the world, and focus on further improving inclusion and representation in critical areas including gender.”

Elohor joins over 300 women in senior leadership positions in the Shell Group representing more than 31 percent of executive positions in the leading global energy company.

Her 19-year career in Shell has seen her move from a field engineer to several roles in production operations; project and asset management; operations readiness and assurance. She was at a time the business adviser to the executive vice president for Shell Sub-Saharan Africa, and had also managed third-party interface across several Shell assets in Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

Prior to her role as Bonga asset manager, Elohor led production delivery for shallow offshore as asset manager for Sea Eagle FPSO in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

Elohor holds a master’s degree in integrated environmental management from the University of Bath, UK and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Benin, Nigeria.

She is passionate about developing talent and leads a diverse team that strive to simplify work processes and pursue continuous improvement. Her leadership of the Bonga team has seen the asset receive numerous awards, including the CEO HSSE awards, upstream impact award, and the asset of the year runner-up in 2019, in the Shell Group.

Her interests include watching football, lawn tennis, listening to soothing music and travelling.

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