Tullow Oil PLC has announced the appointment of Rahul Dhir as its new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Group.
Mr. Dhir’s appointment takes effect from 1 July, 2020.
He brings extensive leadership experience in oil and gas to Tullow.
He is currently CEO of Delonex Energy, an Africa focused oil and gas company that he founded in 2013.
Under his leadership, Delonex has delivered low-cost drilling and seismic operations along with leading social and environmental performance in sub-Saharan Africa.
In Chad, the company has achieved material exploration success and discovered substantial oil resources. Delonex has also delivered exploration campaigns in Ethiopia and Kenya where Delonex operates Block 12A with Tullow as a nonoperating partner.
Prior to establishing Delonex, Mr Dhir served as Managing Director and CEO of Cairn India from its IPO in 2006 until 2012.
During his tenure, Cairn India delivered operated production of over 200,000 barrels of oil per day with operating costs of less than U$5 per barrel of oil. Cairn India also successfully delivered over US$5 billion of development projects including the world’s longest heated pipeline at a finding and development cost of less than $5 per barrel of oil.
Mr. Dhir started his career as a Petroleum Engineer, before moving into investment banking where he led teams at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, advising major oil & gas companies on merger and acquisition and capital market related issues. Hel is a UK citizen and was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology (BTech), the University of Texas (MSc) and the Wharton School (MBA).
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Dhir said “I am very excited at the opportunity to lead Tullow and re-establish it as an iconic company in our industry. The company has high-quality assets and great people. It also has a unique position in Africa, built on a proven track record of responsible operations, strong relationships and a commitment to sustainability. I am looking forward to working with the team and the Board to re-build an exceptional business.”
Meanwhile, Dorothy Thompson, currently Executive Chair of Tullow, will return to her position as Non-Executive Chair after a limited period of handover.
Commenting on Rahul Dhir’s appointment, she said: “I am delighted to welcome Rahul to Tullow and am very pleased that he has accepted the position of CEO. His oil & gas, financial and African experience combined with his record of strong leadership made him the stand-out candidate for the Board. I look forward to Rahul joining Tullow in July and working with him closely in the coming years.”
Tullow is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange.