Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, England in 1968 and joined Shell in Nigeria as a Petroleum Engineer as a well site petroleum engineer after basic training in The Netherlands.
He has worked both in Nigeria and internationally (UK and The Netherlands) and rose to the position of Deputy MD of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria a position he held until February 2002.
He held various technical and managerial positions in his career with Shell: Production engineer responsible for well completion design, gas lift design, production optimisation, forecasting; Chief Petroleum Engineer responsible for well design, delivery, monitoring; In the UK, worked for Shell Expro as a senior economist for some of the North Sea green and brown fields; In the Netherlands, worked as Head of EP liaison group responsible for all Shellâ€™s E&P interest in UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Italy managing partner relationship, considering budget plans, attending partner meetings; Ran the Eastern Division of Shell in Nigeria for a total of 9 years. Total production of about 500,000bpd with a staff strength of 2000; As Deputy MD, was involved with strategy, staff planning for the most senior staff, managing the various change programmes of the company. Participated in the visioning exercise driven by the public/private sectors which produced Vision 2010 for Nigeria.
i. Afren Plc : March 2005 to June 2015 and as Chairman from January 2009 to June 2015
ii. Afren Energy Resources: June 2005 to October 2015
iii. First Hydrocarbon Nigeria: June 2009 till August 2016.
iv. Guaranty Trust Bank: July 2005 to March 2015 and served as Chairman in the last two years on the board.
v. Currently Chairman of Investment One