Come next month, there would be a change of guard at the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company Limited. Tony Attah, the current managing director and chief executive officer of the company would bow out while Dr. Philip Mshelbila, a medical Doctor turned oil and gas technocrat will step in as the new managing director and chief executive of the company.
According to a press statement signed by, Eyono Fatayi-Williams, General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, NLNG, the Board of Directors of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) at its last board meeting approved the appointment of Dr. Philip Mshelbila as successor to Tony Attah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Tony Attah will return to his parent company, Shell, on 30th August 2021 at the expiration of his five-year tenure at the helm of affairs. Tony Attah was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the NLNG Board in July 2016.
Phillip Mshelbila is rounding-up his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago.
NLNG is an incorporated Joint-Venture owned by four Shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15%), and Eni International N.A. N.V. S.àr.l (10.4%).
Philip Mshelbila has served as Shell’s General Manager for Communications in West Africa since 2012. Prior to that, he was General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations for Shell Companies in Nigeria—a role that entailed managing sustainable development and social investment as well as relations with communities, local and state governments in the Niger Delta.
Previous roles include Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd; Commercial Manager and Project Development Manager in Shell Gas & Power; Private Assistant to the Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell; Regional (Business) Adviser, Shell International, The Netherlands, and Regional Health Manager, Africa.
Philip’s Shell career began in the downstream where he spent about 10 years before moving into the midstream Gas &Power business in The Netherlands and Nigeria. Before joining Shell in 1994 he spent a few years working for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Philip has a degree in Human Medicine (MB,BS) from the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, postgraduate qualification in Occupational & Environmental Medicine from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra, Spain.