Chief Executive Officer
In April 2020 Tullow announced the appointment of Rahul Dhir (55, British) as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 July 2020.
Executive leadership, business development, exploration and appraisal, corporate finance, risk management, environment, health, safety and sustainability, and investor and government relations.
Rahul brings extensive leadership experience in oil and gas to Tullow. He joined Tullow from his role as CEO of Delonex Energy, an Africa-focused oil and gas company that he founded in 2013. Under his leadership, Delonex delivered low-cost drilling and seismic operations along with leading social and environmental performance in sub-Saharan Africa. In Chad, the company achieved material exploration success and discovered substantial oil resources. Delonex 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 $5 per barrel of oil. Cairn India also successfully delivered over $5 billion of development projects including the world’s longest heated pipeline at a finding and development cost of less than $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).
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