Osagie Okunbor has been appointed managing director (MD) for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and country chair of Shell companies in Nigeria. He is the third Nigerian to hold both posts.
He takes over from Mutiu Sunmonu who is retiring after 36 years of service. Okunbor, who will resume on March 1, 2015, will combine the two positions as his predecessor.
A graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, Edo State, Okunbor is an accomplished professional, who brings over 28 years of industry experience and expertise to the role. He has worked in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Brunei and currently The Netherlands. His previous assignments included as vice president (VP), Human Resources for Shell’s Upstream Business in sub-Saharan Africa and VP, Infrastructure and Logistics Shell Nigeria.
He is currently senior advisor, Upstream International Operated business, based in The Hague, The Netherlands, from where he returns to Port Harcourt to take up his new role.
Markus Droll, VP, Nigeria & Gabon, Shell Upstream, 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.”
Basil Omiyi, the first to hold both positions, assumed office as the MD of SPDC in 2004, and also became country chair of Shell companies in Nigeria in 2008.

Johnson Alabi
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