Mele Kolo Kyari was confirmed on Thursday 20th June 2019 as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. Mele Kyari was the former Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) of the NNPC. This post contains his biography, profile, and some facts you need to know about the 19th GMD of the NNPC.

Mr Mele Kyari from Borno State, succeeds the incumbent GMD, Maikanti Baru, who is due for retirement from the NNPC next month. Mr Kyari comes to the job as the 19th GMD of the NNPC with a rich profile of professional and service credentials.

Mele Kyari: Biography and Profile of the 19th GMD of NNPC

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Mele Kyari Career Profile

A geologist, Mr Kyari is known in the oil industry as a crude oil marketer with outfield pedigree in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading. With over 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, his tour of duty traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry.

“Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes,” the NNPC said of him in his official profile on its website.

A 1987 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree holder in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Maiduguri, MrKyari did his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) as a Well Site Geologist with the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) between 1987 and 1988.

Between 1988 and 1991, he worked with the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency before joining the NNPC subsidiary, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), where he worked as a Seismic Data Processing Geophysicist in the Data Processing Department.

In 1998, Mr Kyari was appointed the Exploration Geophysicist Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of the National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) until 2004 when he became the Abuja Operations Manager of NAPIMS.

In 2006, he was appointed the Supervisor PSC, Crude Oil Marketing Department (COMD) of the NNPC, from where he rose to the position of Head, and later Manager of Production Contracts Management of the COMD between 2007 and 2014.

Mr Mele Kyari was appointed General Manager Oil Stock Management, COMD where he worked till 2015 before being appointed Group General Manager, COMD and later Nigeria’s National Representative at OPEC.

Few Facts About Mele Kolo Kyari, the 19th NNPC GMD

Below are few facts about Mr. Mele Kyari, the incoming NNPC GMD.

  • Upon assumption of office, Kyari would become the 19th Group Managing Director of the national oil company. This is according to the statement issued by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu
  • Mele Kyari is Nigeria’s National Representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
  • He was in charge of the Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC, before his latest appointment.
  • Kyari holds a 1987 Bachelor of Science in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Maiduguri.
  • He was born on January 8, 1965, in Maiduguri, Borno State.