Two Nigerian women, an American emerge winners of ExxonMobil 2020 Power Play Awards


Two Nigerian women and an American have emerged winners of the 2020 ExxonMobil Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Power Play Awards, which was recently announced by the company.

Now in its second year, the Power Play Awards has commanded the attention of women working in the LNG business and their colleagues who support them around the globe.

The Power Play Awards programne is divided into three categories: The Rising Star Award (presented to an outstanding female professional, age 35 or younger), The Vanguard Award (given to a male or female professional who displays outstanding leadership) and The Rainmaker Award (awarded to a female professional who has delivered exceptional value and business results).

This year’s winners by category are: The Rising Star – Mervin Azeta, Schlumberger, Nigeria; The Vanguard – Tolulope Longe, Nigeria LNG, Nigeria; and The Rainmaker – Jillian Evanko, Chart Industries, USA.

Giving a profile of Azeta, Exxonmobil said: “Mervin Azeta is a Product and Service Delivery Manager with Schlumberger, one of the world’s largest energy service and technology providers. Currently based in the Republic of the Congo, she focuses on improving the delivery of oil and gas well completion projects and promotes higher levels of engagement and internal alignment to improve performance in an increasingly competitive and dynamic marketplace.

“Azeta holds a bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin as well as a masters in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.”

According to the company, “Tolulope (Tolu) Longe works as a Manager, Production Support at Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG.) She played a key role in the development of NLNG’s site debottlenecking project and the NLNG Train 7 project, which eventually achieved its Final Investment Decision (FID) in December 2019. She is currently the post-FID asset site focal point for the construction phase of the project.

“Longe graduated from the University of Ibadan with a degree in Chemistry. She earned an MBA from Imperial College London and a Master of Technology from Curtin University.”

For Evanko, she “is President and Chief Executive Officer of Chart Industries, Inc. In addition to serving on Chart’s Board of Directors, Evanko also serves as an independent director of the Board of Alliant Energy and its subsidiaries. She joined Chart in February of 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and has held previous positions at Truck-Lite Co., Dover Corporation, Arthur Andersen, Honeywell and Sony Corporation of America.

“Evanko received an MBA from The University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from La Salle University.”

This year’s awards received submissions from individuals representing over 185 companies from across 37 countries. The winners were selected through a two-part process.

Explaining the processes that led to the emergence of the three women, ExxonMobil said that nominations were asssed by an impartial panel of eight international experts from across the LNG value chain. This included last year’s award winners – Jocelyne Machevo (Eni Rovuma Basin), Julie Mayo (Norton Rose Fulbright), and Phaedra Deckart (AGL Energy Ltd). The panel was also joined by Dena Wiggins (Natural Gas Supply Association), Madame Jin Shuping (CNOOC), Monika Simoes (Energy Dialogues), Dr Shamshad Akhtar (Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd), and Yang-mi Choi (KOGAS).

After reaching a consensus on finalists, a period of community voting took place where members of the LNG community were encouraged to vote for one person in each category. Community votes, which reached a record number of over 92 000, were tallied and made up a portion of the overall scores for each finalist. The individuals with the highest scores once the community voting period had ended were selected as the winners.

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