In Memory of Cees

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The board and management of FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company (FIRST E&P) announces with heavy hearts, the passing away of Cornelis Christiaan (Cees) Uijlenhoed, the Executive Director, Commercial & CFO, FIRST E&P.

A strong inspiration to the workforce, Cees played a fundamental role in the creation of FIRST E&P, and over the past decade of the company’s existence, he has been instrumental in defining our vision and supporting the growth of the company.

His vision, strong work ethic, frankness, and unflinching drive for excellence was admired by many both within and outside FIRST E&P. He carried his drive for excellence and his large heart through to his work with the ‘Best in Rural KEFFES Education (BiRKE) Program in which he served as a mentor for children from our host communities.

Cees will be deeply missed by the entire FIRST E&P family, including the Board of Directors, executives and employees, as we collectively mourn this immeasurable loss.

Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with Cees’ family and friends in this very difficult time.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family in due course.

Cees’ Profile
An E&P professional with over 25 years’ experience with Shell International. Cees has held senior executive positions as the Finance Director for Shell Middle East and as Finance Director for Shell in Africa. Prior to joining FIRST E&P, he was Chief Executive of Sahara Upstream and Group, a Nigerian independent Oil & Gas company.

Cees has worked in various parts of the world including the Netherlands, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Dubai, and Nigeria (where he has worked most of his career).

Cees possesses global expertise in finance, treasury, supply chain management, strategy, planning and risk management. He obtained an economics degree at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), majoring in Marketing and Planning, and completed a Strategic Executive Programme at Stanford University.

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Juliet Ehimuan

Non-Executive Director

Juliet Ehimuan is Director of Google in West Africa. She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 power women in Africa, by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world; and featured in the BBC Africa Power Women series, and on CNN Innovate Africa.

With over 25 years experience primarily in Technology, Oil & Gas, and New Media industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa; Juliet is a leading voice on Innovation, Transformation, and Leadership. She has received numerous awards for outstanding contribution to the digital landscape in Africa. Under her leadership, the Google team has made a significant impact on local content development, infrastructure deployment, and digital capacity building.

Juliet has degrees from the London Business School, University of Cambridge; and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She was awarded IT Personality of the Year in 2012 by the Nigeria Computer Society, Digital Personality of the year 2016 by Marketing World; and received a 2015 Titans of Technology award from TechnologyAfrica.

She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and recently published 30 Days of
Excellence, a leadership and effectiveness guide.

Daniella Obiesie-Uijlenhoed

Non-Executive Director

Daniella Obiesie-Uijlenhoed is currently a Director & Partner in Danicees FZ, an oil & gas servicing company based in Nigeria & the UAE. She is also on the Board of Directors of FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited, an upstream oil & gas producing company in Nigeria.

Born in Nigeria, Daniella has a Master’s degree in Business Administration & a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Calabar. She obtained her first degree is from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Daniella started work with the banking industry in 1997. Her work experience includes positions in Federal Mortgage Finance, New Nigeria Bank & Zenith Bank PLC which she left at mid-management level to join Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company in 2005 as a stakeholder management liaison between SNEPCo and NNPC/NAPIMS on the Bonga South-West project.

She would later move to the Contracting team as Head, Office Services, managing the processing & subsequent approvals through the various team lines for all SNEPCo office contracts in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, & Warri.

In 2009, Daniella took a hiatus from Shell Nigeria and worked with Oman Oryx Construction Company, UAE as the Head Corporate Services, responsible for handling all permits and stakeholder management engagements between the company and the Ministry of Energy & Minerals in Oman.

Daniella returned to Shell Nigeria in 2012, working within the strategy & portfolio team for SNEPCo office & governance policies Nigeria, until her voluntary exit from the company in 2015 to join her husband at Danicees and focus on her family.

Daniella is passionate about the formal & non-formal development of young people in Nigeria. She has been a Trustee and Director on the Board of the Duke of Edinburgh award for young people in Nigeria since 2018. The parent organization for the award was founded in 1956 in England by the late Prince Philip the 1st Duke of Edinburgh.

Daniella views external relationships as key enabler to corporate success and is a team player dedicated to personal delivery and organizational goals. She is a hands-on, high-energy individual who uses her unique interpersonal skills to generate value for organizations and their stakeholders, balancing the strategic agenda with the requirements for optimal delivery.