After 60 Years Of Nigerian Operations, Shell Appoints First Female

With effect from August 1, 2021, Shell has appointed Elohor Aiboni as the Managing Director of its Nigerian deep-water business, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo).

Elohor is the first woman to oversee a Shell exploration firm in Nigeria’s more than 60-year history. She follows Bayo Ojulari, who left the Shell group on July 31, 2021 after five years as SNEPCo’s MD and more than 30 years of service.

Elohor was formerly the Bonga Asset Manager, in charge of supervising end-to-end production delivery for Nigeria’s pioneer deep-water Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, Bonga, which has produced over 900 million barrels of oil since its start-up 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,” Shell’s Senior Vice President for Nigeria, Marno de Jong, said, adding: “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.”

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Elohor is one of nearly 300 women in top leadership roles at Shell, accounting for more than 31% of executive positions at the world’s largest oil business. During her 19-year career with Shell, she has held positions in production operations, project and asset management, and operations readiness and assurance.

She was the Executive Vice President for Shell Sub-Saharan Africa’s Business Adviser at the time, and she also handled third-party interaction across numerous Shell properties in Nigeria and Kazakhstan. Elohor oversaw production delivery for shallow offshore as Asset Manager for Sea Eagle FPSO in Nigeria’s Niger Delta prior to her job as Bonga Asset Manager.

Elohor earned a master’s degree in Integrated Environmental Management from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin in Nigeria.

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