New CEO for BP Southern Africa: Meet Priscillah Mabelane

Priscillah Mabelane was appointed as the new CEO for BP Southern Africa, effective 1 September 2017. She replaces Daniel Odogwu, who was BP Southern Africa’s CEO from January 2014. Her appointment marks a very important landmark in the history of South Africa’s oil industry. She has become the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multinational organisation.  [Source]

Priscillah Mabelane career history

Ms Mabelane has over 20 years of experience across a number of key leadership positions, according to Thandi Orleyn, BPSA chairperson. She added that Priscillah brings a “wealth of world-class experience and expertise” to her new role as chief executive. [Source]

Priscillah Mabelane has been with BP since 2011, joining in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Southern African operations. Her most recent role at BP was Operations Director for BP’s UK retail business. Both her roles at BP contributed towards nurturing her development for her CEO role. Prior to joining BP, Priscillah Mabelane held various roles at senior executive level roles in finance, tax as well as general management. [Source]

The South African Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi welcomed Ms Mabelane’s appointment, saying it comes at a time when the department is focused on transforming the energy sector. “I look forward to her interaction and contribution to the programmes that promote radical socio-economic transformation within the energy sector,” said Ms Kubayi.

This marks an exciting milestone in the Oil & Gas sector showing that the diversity and transformation journey has begun.

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