Chief Operating Officer - Downstream
Engr. Henry Ikemefuna C. Obih, a graduate of B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA in Finance from the University of Bradford, UK was appointed Group Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, NNPC on 1st April 2016. Prior to this appointment, he had been an Executive Director of Operations at Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc from July, 2008 and its Executive Director, Retail from 2013 until he was appointed to head NNPC’s Downstream businesses. He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria from the U.K. in 1994 as a Project Engineer on the $30million Mobil Oil Nigeria manufacturing and terminal automation projects. Engr. Obih became Lubes Plant Manager in 1995 and was appointed Manager, Petroleum Jelly Plant in 1995. He subsequently held the positions of Manager, Aviation & Marine and Area Operations Manager (Nigeria & Ghana) before proceeding on a foreign assignment in 2000, to Belgium as Financial & Business Planning Analyst for Fuels Marketing, Africa & Middle East supporting Mobil Corporation’s businesses in 41 countries in the Africa-Middle East region.
While in ExxonMobil (EM), among several projects, Engr. Obih led the Africa Terminal Optimization Project which evaluated the portfolio of assets owned by EM in Africa and restructured the portfolio supported by an investment plan which increased annual income from the owned terminals by over $5M, a 20% increase …in addition to his regional responsibilities, he was also part of the Global team that implemented Activity Based Costing (ABC) and Cost to Serve, two global programs aimed at achieving pacesetter cost levels for the Corporation, a critical factor for achieving Operational Excellence. Engr. Obih was a member of the Project team that delivered on time and within budget, the $154million asset upgrade project of MON’s Real Estate assets.
He has had a diverse and cross-functional career spanning over 30 years in the Downstream sector of the Oil & Gas industry with 22 of those years in Mobil, involving assignments in Project Management, Lubricants & Specialties, Manufacturing, Quality Systems Management, Business & Strategic Planning, Marketing & Operations.
As GED/COO, Downstream, NNPC, he is currently leading the rehabilitation and restoration of the NNPC Pipelines, Terminals, Retail stations and Depot assets. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating the NNPC Downstream Strategic Business Units to achieve efficient Management of the Corporation’s fuels supply and distribution assets for a hitch-free supply chain.
Engr. Obih received B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1986 and an MBA from Management Centre University of Bradford UK in 1993. He is an Alumnus of INSEAD France and has also completed the Advanced Management Programme from Lagos Business School. He is also a member of various international and Nigerian Professional Bodies including Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN) and a Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FNIMechE)