Chevron Corporation today announced the appointment of Eimear Bonner as vice president, reporting to Chairman and CEO Michael Wirth, effective August 2. Bonner will also continue as president, Chevron Technical Center, and chief technology officer, overseeing the application of technology, research and development, and Chevron’s digital strategy.
“I welcome Eimear to Chevron’s executive leadership team,” Wirth said. “Eimear is an accomplished leader. Her perspective, earned through numerous assignments managing some of the company’s most significant assets, prepares her to serve our company and our stockholders well in this key role.”
Bonner, 47, served as general director of Chevron’s largest joint venture, Tengizchevroil (TCO), in Kazakhstan from 2018, an organization of approximately 5,000 direct employees and a total workforce exceeding 40,000. She was responsible for ensuring strong business performance, advancing TCO’s FGP/WPMP expansion project, managing relationships with stakeholders in the Kazakhstan government, partner companies and the communities, and leading TCO’s organization transformation.
She began her career as an offshore petroleum engineer in the United Kingdom, and over her 22-year career with Chevron, Bonner has held numerous leadership and engineering positions in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Kazakhstan and the United States, as well as general manager, Strategy, at the company’s headquarters. Bonner received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University Belfast and her master’s degree in advanced chemical engineering and petroleum engineering from Imperial College London.
Chevron also announced today that Joseph C. (Joe) Geagea, executive vice president, Technology, Projects and Services, will retire from the company after 40 years of outstanding service. Geagea will continue as an executive vice president and serve as senior advisor to chairman and CEO Michael Wirth until his retirement on or about March 1, 2022.
“I’d like to thank Joe for four decades of significant contributions to Chevron,” Wirth said. “Joe’s career has spanned the globe as well as Chevron’s many businesses. He has left an enduring mark on the company, and we are better for it.”
Geagea joined Chevron in 1982 as a design engineer. Prior to his current role, Geagea was senior vice president of Technology, Projects and Services. He served as a corporate vice president and president of Chevron Gas and Midstream, responsible for commercializing Chevron’s natural gas resources and overseeing the company’s shipping, pipeline and power operations as well as supply and trading operations. Previous positions include managing director, Chevron Asia South Ltd., responsible for Chevron’s upstream activities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam; vice president, Upstream Capability, responsible for improving the delivery of support services to Chevron’s global upstream operations; vice president, Chevron International Exploration and Production Company; president, Fuel and Marine Marketing, as well as president, downstream operations in East Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan.
Outside of Chevron, Geagea serves on the board of directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He previously served on the board of trustees of the San Francisco Ballet Association. Geagea earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1981 and 1982, respectively.
Union Bank Announces the Appointment of Aisha Abubakar as Independent Non-Executive Director
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (“Union Bank”) has announced a change to the membership of its Board of Directors with the appointment of Ms. Aisha Abubakar as an Independent Non-Executive Director effective 9th September 2021, following the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Ms. Abubakar joins the Board of Union Bank following her tenure as Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development from 2018 to 2019. Prior to this, she also served as the Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment between 2015 and 2018. At the start of her career, Ms. Abubakar worked at Continental Merchant Bank Ltd., African Development Bank and African International Bank.
She is an accomplished public sector administrator with over three decades of professional experience in Public Service and Pension Administration, Investment Banking, SME Finance/Rural Enterprise Development and Micro-Credit Administration.
Ms. Abubakar is a Fellow of the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA-UK), and the President of the International Experts Consultants (IEC-UK).
Commenting on the addition to the Board, Mrs. Beatrice Hamza Bassey, Union Bank’s Board Chair said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome Ms. Aisha Abubakar to the Board. She brings many years of robust experience which will be invaluable in supporting our efforts to steer the Bank forward and deliver on our strategic objectives.”
Also commenting, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Emeka Okonkwo said: “I am pleased to welcome our new Independent Non-Executive Director, Ms. Aisha Abubakar to the Board. We look forward to drawing from her wealth of experience and fresh perspectives as we continue to execute our vision to be Nigeria’s most reliable and trusted partner.”
Dangote Cement Appoints Mr. Philip Mathew as Deputy Group MD/CEO
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s leading cement manufacturer, has appointed Mr. Philip Mathew as the Deputy Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from September 15, 2021.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Edward Imoedemhe, Deputy Company Secretary, Dangote Cement Plc.
According to the manufacturer, “Mr. Mathew is a professional with 34 years of working experience in large global and regional cement industries and has been involved in project management from feasibility to commissioning and stabilisation.
“He has worked with multicultural teams in different countries and held several roles, including Process Engineer, Optimisation Manager, Plant Manager, Technical Director, Director Performance and Progress, Chief Manufacturing Officer, and recently, Head of Cement Excellence Manufacturing for the AsiaPacific region; defining the strategic goals and ambitions for cement manufacturing at regional level for a global cement company.”
GCR Ratings Appoints Mr. John Kibebo CPA-K to its Kenyan Office
GCR Ratings (“GCR”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Kibebo CPA-K as a Credit Rating Analyst. John will be based full-time in our Kenyan office as an integral part of the GCR East Africa team as GCR continues to grow its presence in the region.
John has over 8 years’ experience conducting business and financial analysis. He joins GCR from Metropol Corporation Limited where he worked for over 6 years and progressed to become the Head of their Analysis department. Prior to his time at Metropol, John worked as an Accountant for Kenya Woman Microfinance Bank and as a Banking Consultant for Kenya Commercial Bank.
John is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), with a B-Comm in Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and an Msc. in Finance from The University of Nairobi.
In announcing the appointment, Sylvia Chahonyo, Managing Director of GCR East Africa, said, “Following a thorough and rigorous search process we are delighted that John has agreed to take up the position of Credit Rating Analyst in Kenya. He has significant experience and expertise, and I am pleased that we have been able to attract someone of his caliber and track record.
I have no doubt that John’s appointment, in a permanent capacity based at GCR in Nairobi, will facilitate a deeper entrenchment of GCR’s presence and portfolio of credit ratings across Kenya and the region. His appointment also reinforces GCR’s ongoing commitment to investment and capital markets development in East Africa, and our role as a source of timely, accurate, and market leading credit opinions.”
Upon his appointment, Mr. Kibebo said, “I am delighted to join GCR Ratings and its growing analytical team of 45+ analysts spread across Africa. GCR has a stronghold in the African credit ratings market thanks to its local footprint. I am looking forward to working with issuers across the East-African market. Increasing access to, and use of, credit ratings in the region is a key element of a functioning capital market which, I believe, will help companies get greater access to funding, and investors to understand the risks associated to those entities which can assist in enhancing sustainable growth outcomes in East Africa.”
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