New Country Chair appointed for Shell Companies in Nigeria

Osagie Okunbor, New Country Chair for Shell Companies in Nigeria.

Osagie Okunbor, New Country Chair for Shell Companies in Nigeria.

*Mutiu Sunmonu retires after 36 years of service

12 January 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Mr. Osagie Okunbor has been appointed Managing Director for The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) and country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria. He takes over from Mutiu Sunmonu who is retiring after 36 years of service.

Mr. Okunbor will combine the two positions as his predecessor did. Mr. Okunbor is the third Nigerian to hold both posts.

Mr. Basil Omiyi assumed office as the Managing Director of SPDC in 2004, and also became Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria in 2008, the first Nigerian to hold both positions.

A graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, Mr. Okunbor is an accomplished professional, who brings over 28 years of industry experience and expertise to the role.

He has worked in Nigeria, the UK, Brunei and currently The Netherlands. His previous assignments included Vice President, Human Resources for Shell’s Upstream Business in Sub-Saharan Africa and Vice President, Infrastructure and Logistics Shell Nigeria.

He is currently Senior Advisor in Shell’s Upstream International Operated business, based in The Hague, The Netherlands, from where he returns to Port Harcourt to take up his new role.

Commenting on the appointment, Vice President Nigeria & Gabon, Shell Upstream, Markus Droll said: “We are delighted to see another Nigerian at the helm of affairs in Shell Nigeria. Mutiu has worked very hard over these years – managing production and setting a new agenda in dealing with communities, government and other key stakeholders. We’re confident that Osagie will consolidate and build on the progress we have made in the past years.”

Mr. Okunbor assumes office on 1st March, 2015.

Mr. Okunbor is married to Soala and they are blessed with children. He enjoys music and football in his spare time.


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