Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), the operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited and CNL, has appointed Jim Swartz as the new Chairman and Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria/Mid-Africa Business Unit, effective April 1, 2024.
Prior to this appointment, Swartz served as the Vice President, Capital Projects, based in Houston, USA. With a background in the upstream business, Swartz brings a wealth of experience and a demonstrated ability to foster effective partnerships with stakeholders.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Swartz also holds a Master’s of Science in Geology from the University of Oklahoma. He joined Chevron in 1990 as a Geologist in Louisiana and has since held progressively responsible positions in Angola and the United States.
Jim Swartz takes over from Richard (Rick) Kennedy, who has chosen to retire after nearly four decades of dedicated service to the company.
As chairman and managing director of Chevron Nigeria/Mid-Africa Business Unit, Rick’s thoughtful and collaborative leadership led to improved business outcomes.
He made significant contributions to the Nigerian oil and gas industry as chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), during which he led industry engagements on the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and other industry initiatives.
Rick also made noteworthy contributions to the Nigerian socio-economic landscape as the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), focusing on peace-building and regional development.