US energy giant Chevron has named a new President of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration & Production, effective January 1, 2017, to replace Ali Moshiri who is retiring after 38 years of service.
Chevron said on Thursday that Ali Moshiri, who will retire from Chevron after 38 years due to the company’s mandatory retirement policy, would be succeeded by Clay Neff, Chevron’s Nigeria Mid-Africa Business Unit managing director.
The company added that Neff would oversee Chevron’s exploration and production activities in 15 countries across Africa and Latin America and would report to Jay Johnson, Chevron’s executive vice president the Upstream department.
In his current role, Neff is responsible for Chevron’s upstream operations in Nigeria and West Africa. He joined Chevron in 1985 as a drilling engineer. Since then, he has held numerous engineering, operations, commercial and management positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Angola, and Nigeria.
Neff is also the chairman of the board of trustees for the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
John Watson, Chevron’s chairman and CEO, said: “Clay’s broad operating experience, particularly in Africa, makes him highly qualified to lead these two key regions for our business.”
Moshiri has held key leadership roles throughout the enterprise, including manager of Petroleum and Facilities Engineering, general manager of Strategic Planning and Assets Evaluation for Chevron Overseas Petroleum. He was the general manager and advisor to the vice chairman of the board of Chevron Corporation Exploration and Production and managing director of Chevron Latin America Exploration and Production Company.
On the topic of Moshiri’s retirement, Watson added: “Ali has played a central and critical role in growing our business in Africa and Latin America. He has also distinguished himself as a champion of Chevron’s commitment to economic and social development in the areas in which we operate.”