A spirited search for National Oil of Kenya (NOCK) CEO ended in the last half of February after the Cabinet Secretary for Mining and Petroleum John Munyes picked Leparan Gideon Morintat.
Mr Morintat joins NOCK from D. light SOLAR where he was the country manager, Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa. He has over 17 years of experience from various industries among them oil and gas, energy, infrastructure development and multinational corporations having worked in senior managerial positions at several companies including Royal Dutch Shell Group, Multichoice Africa Group as well as Mitsui & Co.
This change of guard comes at a time when the corporation has been undergoing harsh times financially. It was in October 2019 when NOCK’s former managing director MaryJane Mwangi tendered in her resignation and was adamant to renew her contract.
The oil, gas and energy infrastructure sector insider who holds a Masters of Business Administration from United States International University –Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Daystar University is expected to steer the fully integrated state corporation to higher heights. NOCK is involved in the petroleum supply chain, and covers the upstream oil and gas exploration, midstream petroleum infrastructure development and downstream marketing of petroleum products.