OIL MAJOR BP NAMES BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN AS CEO FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA SUBSIDIARY

JOHANNESBURG, Oil major BP has appointed chartered accountant Priscillah Mabelane as the new chief executive officer of its subsidiary in southern Africa, which covers operations in South Africa, Mozambique and Angola.

Mabelane is the first woman in the history of South Africa’s oil industry to head a multi-national company, marking a significant milestone in the industry’s transformation journey. She will take the helm on Sept 1, exactly six years after joining BP Southern Africa Ltd (BPSA) in 2011 as chief financial officer (CFO).

BPSA said in a statement here Monday that Mabelane has more than 20 years of service in a number of key leadership positions and brings a wealth of world-class experience and expertise to her new role as chief executive. Prior to joining BP, Mabelane held various executive roles in a number of large South African companies.

She worked at Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) as CFO, at Ernst and Young where she was a tax director, and at State-owned power utility Eskom where she held various roles in finance, tax and general management.

BPSA Chairperson Thandi Orleyn thanked outgoing chief executive, Daniel Odogwu, who was at the helm for three and a half years, and welcomed Mabelane. Given her proven track record in her previous executive roles, we are confident that Priscillah will be a strong leader for our business, especially as we continue to explore new areas of growth and development, Orleyn said.

Priscillah’s appointment reinforces BPSA’s pioneering role and strength of commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce that will breed creativity and ensure we meet, even exceed customer expectations.

Mabelane’s appointment follows closely on the heels of two recent women senior executive appointments to the BPSA leadership team — Kelebogile Tseladimitlwa as human resources director for Southern Africa, and Prinisha Khoosal as commercial integration manager for Southern Africa during the latter part of 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK