For the first time in Shell Nigeria’s over 60-year history, a woman has taken over the reins of leadership of one of its companies.
The appointment of Elohor Aiboni as the first female managing director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) is another classic example in the oil and gas sector.
Aiboni was unveiled as the successor to Bayo Ojulari with effect from August 1.
The oil and gas industry has been traditionally male-dominated, with few women ascending to top management positions. But Aiboni, a “self-motivated person with a strong sense of business priorities,” is one of few women to change the narrative, becoming leader of the multinational oil company Shell’s offshore business in Nigeria.
SNEPCo, a wholly-owned Shell company, has interests in four deep-water blocks; two of which it operates. The company develops and deploys the latest deep-water drilling techniques to reduce drilling times, cut costs and increase production, according to details on its website.
It pioneered Nigeria’s deep-water oil and gas production at the Bonga field, a project that increased Nigeria’s oil capacity by 10 percent when output began in 2005.
TSB News gives you a glimpse into Aiboni’s life up till her appointment as SNEPCo MD.
AIBONI: A WOMAN OF MANY FIRSTS
Aiboni has many firsts to her credit — from being the first female asset operations manager in SNEPCo to being the company’s first female MD.
As asset operations manager, Aiboni was responsible for providing leadership in health, safety and environment (HSE), operational excellence and overall asset management of the Bonga deepwater floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel operated by Shell in Nigeria.