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Mobil Nigeria, a United States of America based oil titan has announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Laing as chairman and managing director of its three subsidiaries in Nigeria – Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Offshore East).

The announcement on Saturday in a statement titled ‘ExxonMobil Nigeria names new chairman and managing director’ would see the oil boss administering the affairs of group in Nigeria in an appointment that takes off from 1st August, 2020.

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The new Chairman/Managing Director replaced Mr. Paul McGrath, who had been appointed to vice president of Global Projects for ExxonMobil in Houston after spending over three years in Nigeeia.

Laing was Executive Director of oil and gas production and related support groups for all of the ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria before his ascension to Chairman/Managing Director.

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“It is a privilege to lead the ExxonMobil team in Nigeria and build on the work that Paul McGrath has done over the last three years. I look forward to the work that lies ahead and continuing the company’s outstanding relationships,” Laing was quoted as saying.

He joined ExxonMobil in 1989 and has held a variety of engineering, planning, safety and managerial positions in upstream and downstream operations while working in the United Kingdom, Qatar, US and Nigeria.

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“Laing holds a bachelor’s degree in mining and petroleum engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow as well as a master’s in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh,” it added.

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