Tullow Oil plc (Tullow) has appointed Rahul Dhir as Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of the Group. His appointment will take effect July 1, 2020, the company said in a statement.
The statement added that Dorothy Thompson, currently Executive Chair of Tullow, will return to her position as Non-Executive Chair after a limited period of handover.
Rahul 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 non-operating partner.
Prior to establishing Delonex, Rahul served as Managing Director and CEO of Cairn India from its IPO in 2006 until 2012. During Rahul’s tenure, Cairn India delivered operated production of over 200,000 barrels of oil per day with operating costs of less than US$5 per barrel of oil. Cairn India also successfully delivered over US$5billion of development projects, including the world’s longest heated pipeline at a finding and development cost of less than US$5 per barrel of oil.
Rahul 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. Rahul is a UK citizen and was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology (BTech), the University of Texas (MSc) and the Wharton School (MBA).
“I am delighted to welcome Rahul to Tullow, and 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,” Dorothy Thompson, Executive Chair of Tullow Oil Plc, commented.
Mr. Dhir, Chief Executive Officer-designate of Tullow Oil plc, also commented: “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 Board to re-build an exceptional business”.