May 30, 2024

Ilenre Irele

The Board of Eterna Plc has made public the appointment of Mr. Abiola Lukman Lawal, an oil executive and renowned economist as the successor to the outgoing Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.

Lawal was appointed following the resignation of Benjamin Nwaezeigwe as the executive officer after two years of service to the company. The Board thanked Nwaezeigwe for his significant contributions to the company during his tenure.

The incoming MD/CEO, Abiola Lukman Lawal, has a proven record of positive performance in executive leadership at multiple C-Suite level roles locally and internationally.With over twenty-five years of management executive experience in private and publicly listed companies across diverse industries, Lawal has expansive experience in the oil & gas sector and a proven record of value delivery in several aspects of executive management.

Lawal most recently worked with Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited as Deputy Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer. He served as Group Chief Strategy Officer of Oando Plc during its transformation from downstream to upstream and Gas.While at Oando, he oversaw the successful implementation of Oracle ERP technology as a game changer to transform the operations of the company.

He also served as Executive Director of Oando Gas & Power as well as Gaslink (now known as Axxella) during the rapid growth and expansion phase of the then subsidiary.

Mr. Lawal was the Pioneer Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Camac Energy Inc. in the USA (later known as Erin Energy), the first Nigerian-owned energy company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He has served in multiple executive roles in other companies, including CAMAC International Corporation and ExeQute Partners, Inc., both in Houston, Texas USA.

He served as MD/CEO of eWorldtrack Mobile Technologies USA, as a Senior Manager in SAP AG America, as Management Consultant and Transformation Manager at Abiola Lukman Lawal Ernst & Young LLP, and as a Senior Financial Analyst at The Walt Disney Corporation in California, USA.

Mr. Lawal recently completed a Certificate course in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance, Strategy, & Technology from the University of California Irvine.

He was an Outstanding Dean’s Fellowship Award Recipient from the Paul Mirage Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine (UCI) California, USA and graduated from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Economics with a Minor in Finance.

He is a member of various professional associations including the Chartered Institute of Directors Nigeria, the African Energy Chamber, The Nigeria Economic Summit Group and the National Association of Corporate Directors USA.

Mr. Lawal’s appointment is effective 15th of April 2024.

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