LAGOS-ExxonMobil has announced the appointment of Richard Laing as Chairman and Managing Director of its Nigeria affiliates.
The Manager, Media and Communications of the Company, Mr Ogechukwu Udeagha, confirmed the development in a statement made available to the media.
The three affiliates are Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria.
Udeagha said that the appointment takes effect from August 1, 2020.
The statement explained that Laing replaced Paul McGrath, who has been appointed Vice President, Global Projects for ExxonMobil in Houston after serving for more than three years in Nigeria.
The statement reads in part, “Prior to his appointment, Laing was executive director of oil and gas production and related support groups for all of the ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria.
“Laing joined ExxonMobil in 1989 and has held variety of engineering, planning, safety and managerial positions in upstream and downstream operations while working in the U.K, Qatar, U.S. and Nigeria.”
Udeagha said in the statement that Laing holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Master’s in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
The statement also quoted Laing to have said that it is a privilege to be appointed to lead the company.
He said, “It is a privilege to lead the ExxonMobil team in Nigeria and build on the work that Paul McGrath had done over the last three years.
“I look forward to the work that lies ahead and continuing the company’s outstanding relationships.”