I celebrate an amazing woman today. A woman who has inspired so many. Catherine Uju Ifejika is the Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Brittania-U.
Catherine is the first and so far, the only woman to become chair and CEO of an Upstream E&P Company in Nigeria. A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Catherine obtained a Diploma in Law and an LLB (Hons.) in 1985 and promptly called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a fellow of the Institute of Arbitration and Conciliation.
Her career in the petroleum industry started when she joined Texaco’s Legal Department as Junior Counsel in 1987 and rose swiftly to become Company Secretary in 1997. In 2003, her Government and Public Affairs responsibilities were extended to Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She joined Brittania-U Nigeria Limited in 2007 as Chair/CEO and has since steered the indigenous company to its current market leading position.
Catherine’s Leadership of Brittania-U has brought a number significant ‘firsts’. The Ajapa Floating Production Storage Unit, 100% owned and operated by the company, produced its first oil from drilling in 17months. She has set up six subsidiary companies in seven years, receiving numerous awards for good governance and management in Nigeria, the US, China, and Europe. Catherine has been recognised for her various achievements in the energy sector and in different organisations. In recognition of her sterling leadership/managerial achievements, she has been recognised and won many accolades.
She is truly a source of inspiration and a phenomenal woman!
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Have a lovely weekend guys.