General Electric (GE) has appointed Efundoyin Akinyanju as Chief Executive Officer GE Oil & Gas for West and Central Africa.
In this role, she will lead, grow and implement GE Oil and Gas strategy in the region. Ms. Akinyanju’s last job was Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Subsaharan Africa for GE Oil and Gas.
Until she moved to GE, in August 2015, Doyin was Sales and Marketing manager for Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea at Schlumberger, the world’s top oil service firm.
This was the job she took up on return “home” to Nigeria after a two year assignment in East Africa where, as Country Manager Kenya and Ethiopia, she essentially established the Schlumberger office.
It’s instructive that those months: August 2012 to April 2014, were coincidentally the defining years for the opening up of Kenya as a significant E&P space.
Ms. Akinyanju’s brief was to lead, manage and grow Schlumberger business in a region where the company never had a footprint.Part of the job was to build strong client relationships, manage industry affairs and interface with government agencies.
It was probably her breakthrough period as a career oil and gas business strategist, but she would not respond to questions.
She has a B.Sc. chemistry from University of Lagos Nigeria and MBA from Cardiff, Wales.