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Women in Power – Elohor Aiboni

Elohor Aiboni is a Nigerian chemical engineer. She was recently appointed the first female managing director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, SNEPCo. Elohor Aiboni was born in Benin City, Edo State.

Elohor joined the oil company as a trainee production engineer and gradually rose through the ranks over the past 19 years.

Within this period, she served as business adviser to the executive vice president and also managed third-party interfaces across several Shell assets in Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

Afterward, she became a senior PtA engineer, then a manager at different tiers. She then transitioned to asset operations manager of Bonga, and today, she is the managing director at SNEPCo. Indeed, success can be likened to a ladder and only those who are patient enough will get to the top of it.

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.

Under her leadership, the Bonga asset received numerous awards, including the CEO HSSE Awards, Upstream Impact Award, and the Asset of the Year Runner-up in 2019, in the Shell Group.

Elohor’s appointment is a product of diligence, competence, and commitment to the Shell ideals and core values, amidst our strong focus on diversity and inclusion,” Bamidele Odugbesan, media relations manager of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), quoted Marno de Jong, Shell’s senior vice president for Nigeria, as saying.

“We take pride in our intention of being one of the most diverse and inclusive organizations in the world, and focus on further improving inclusion and representation in critical areas, including gender.”

On her LinkedIn profile, Aiboni describes herself as “self-motivated with great ability to work easily without supervision; Result-oriented, showing a sense of urgency and can challenge positively; Very good communicator with a strong sense of business priorities.”

Also, according to her profile, she is experienced in project-to-asset handover, operations of oil and gas facilities with HSE, cross-discipline, cross-functional units, and multi-operating unit exposure with great interpersonal skills.

She is a certified quality management system (QMS) auditor, a trained health, safety, security & environment (HSSE) & control framework auditor.

Indeed, Elahor Aiboni is an example to all working women. She has shown that patience, diligence, and being effective and efficient at work would all pay in the end.

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