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Tullow Ghana: Kweku Awotwi to retire from firm as Al Monthiry takes over as MD

BY: Pamela Annang
Kweku Awotwi
Kweku Awotwi

Tullow Ghana has announced the appointment of Mr Wissam Al Monthiry as its next Managing Director.

Mr Wissam Al Monthiry replaces Kweku Awotwi as Managing Director of Tullow Ghana and Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil plc. He will be retiring from Tullow on June 30, 2020.

This was revealed in a statement by Tullow Ghana on Monday, May 18, 2020.

“Tullow Ghana announces that Kweku Awotwi, Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, and Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil plc, will be retiring from Tullow on 30th June.  Kweku will hand over his responsibilities to Wissam Al Monthiry who becomes Managing Director, Tullow Ghana, over the coming weeks before leaving the business at the end of June,” the statement said.

“Kweku is the first Managing Director of Tullow Ghana to be promoted to Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil plc.  During his tenure, the TEN fields produced its 50th million barrel of oil; there was very good progress in the TRP project which is now in its final stages with the Oil Offloading System being ready for installation; and his operations team have delivered significant improvements in the stable production of oil and gas from our two FPSOs. Kweku built strong relationships with Government and was a key player in the development of the current legislative framework for the company to pursue its Near Field Exploration Opportunities.  Most recently, Kweku has provided leadership to the Ghana team during a turbulent period for the company and the sector, overseeing substantial organizational changes.

“Wissam Al Monthiry, the incoming Managing Director, brings to Tullow extensive experience of operations management, asset development, and a track record of safe production operations. He spent 17 years with BP in various upstream operations leadership and asset management positions around the world. Earlier in his career, Wissam worked for Goldman Sachs as a Corporate Finance Analyst focused on the energy sector. Wissam will spend the majority of his time in Ghana, with Cynthia Lumor taking on greater responsibility for Tullow Ghana’s key government relationships”.

Dorothy Thompson, the Executive Chair of Tullow Oil Plc, said: “Kweku has led the business through turbulent times for both the company and the sector. We all wish Kweku well in his retirement and thank him for his significant contributions to Tullow.”

Kweku Awotwi, Executive Vice President, Tullow Ghana commented: “I would like to thank the Tullow Ghana team for all their support and assistance since I joined the company and wish them and Tullow well for the future. I shall watch their progress with great pride and interest.” 

Wissam Al Monthiry, Managing Director, Tullow Ghana commented: “I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations established by Kweku and ensuring Tullow continues to play a key role in Ghana’s oil and gas industry.” 

Background

Mr Kweku Awotwi was appointed Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) Managing Director on March 1, 2018.

The former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority (VRA) replaced Tullow Ghana MD Charles Darku who retired after almost five years at the helm.

Charles Darku joined Tullow Ghana in 2013 as the first Ghanaian to lead the company.