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Basil Omiyi retires as Shell Nigeria Country Chairman; Mutiu Sunmonu succeeds him

Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Basil Omiyi retires on December 31, 2009, after 39 years of meritorious service. He will be succeeded by Mutiu Sunmonu, who combines the portfolio with his current role as Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Vice President, Production, Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ann Pickard, Executive Vice President Shell Africa commented: “Mr. Omiyi has been a driver of the many successes which both Shell Companies in Nigeria and Nigeria itself have recorded in the oil and gas industry, and we will miss his leadership and experience. Mr. Sunmonu brings with him many years of international oil industry experience and we are pleased to announce him as Mr. Omiyi’s successor.”

Mr. Omiyi joined Shell in 1970 as trainee petroleum engineer, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and post graduate diploma in petroleum technology, from the University of Ibadan. He served in various positions in Petroleum Engineering, Production, Operations and External Affairs in Nigeria, The Netherlands and U.K, and joined the Board of SPDC when he became General Manager, Relations and Environment. In September 2004, he was appointed first Nigerian Managing Director of SPDC, and Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria. He has held the Country Chair portfolio fulltime since January 2008.

Mr. Omiyi also recently handed over as Chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, a role he took up in 2006. Mr. Omiyi is married to May and they are blessed with children.

Mr. Sunmonu took over as Managing Director of SPDC on January 1, 2008, after many roles in Information Technology and Production in Nigeria, the UK and The Netherlands.

He joined the company in August 1978 as Computer Programmer/Business Analyst, following his graduation from the University of Lagos with a first class degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Mr. Sunmonu is married to Funke and they are blessed with children.