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  • Updated: August 02, 2021

Meet Elohor Aiboni, Shell Nigeria's First-Ever Female MD

Meet Elohor Aiboni, Shell Nigeria's First-Ever Female MD

Shell has named Elohor Aiboni as the Managing Director of its Nigeria deepwater business, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) Limited, making her the first female to hold the position in the company.

SNEPCO has been in operations in Nigeria for over six decades but has never had a female at the wheels. Effective from the 1st of August, 2021, Elohor succeeds Bayo Ojulari who retired on 31st July 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," Shell’s Senior Vice President for Nigeria, Marno de Jong, said about her appointment, “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.

Before 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 the University of Benin, Nigeria.

She is passionate about developing talent and leads a diverse team that strives 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.

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