Ayo Aderibigbe is one of the founding Directors of Bell Oil & Gas, an Upstream oil services company, and has held the position of Chief Operating Officer since the foundation of the company in 2002. As Chief Operating Officer, Ayo is responsible for ensuring that the company’s infrastructure, in particular, the business processes and systems, operational methodologies and technology, are in place to ensure the delivery of end to end solutions to meet the clients’ needs.
Ayo is also responsible for the business development function, thriving on the challenge of delivering the very demanding sales targets set by the board year on year. The company now employs over 200 people between Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Above all else, Ayo is committed to the growth and development of people and dedicates a high proportion of his time to training, teaching, coaching and mentoring them with emphasis on the whole person, rather than just on increasing technical proficiency.Prior to joining Bell Oil & Gas, Ayo was a Management Consultant for a Technology and Design consultancy company in the UK. In that role, Ayo worked on challenging, multi-million pound projects ranging from Business Processes Re-engineering, Installation and Integration of turnkey solutions, to Refurbishment of legacy infrastructure and organizational assets, as well as leading complex change management programmes such as the merger that created the largest pharmaceutical company in the UK.
Following a first degree in Geography from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife (Nigeria), Ayo completed an MBA from Kingston University (UK) before embarking on another Masters degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design at City University, London. Since then, he has undertaken several intensive courses in Oil and Gas as well as in Leadership at internationally renowned and Ivy league business schools, with the most recent being in Boston (Massachusetts, USA) where he received a certificate in International Gas Business Management.
Ayo’s passion for Enterprise development in Nigeria is also keenly manifested in several ways: he volunteers his time in coaching and advising young Entrepreneurs, and he serves as Non-Executive Director in the boards of several budding organisations, giving strategic steer as appropriate.
In addition to reading widely, Ayo has a strong Christian faith that informs his moral compass.
Ayo is married to Patricia and blessed with three children, Tayo, Ivie and Tobi.