Effective January 1, 2020, Jimmy Mugerwa, the managing director of Tullow Uganda will be based in London, the company announced in a release.
He will serve as Tullow Group’s Corporate Head of Infrastructure and Organisation, according to the statement. This is a newly created role which according to the release is advisory.
However, Mugerwa will also be responsible for all aspects of Tullow’s infrastructure and external affairs.
Mugerwa, who has served in the position since 2012, will be replaced by Mariam Nampeera Mbowa, who has been Tullow’s Associate Counsel in Uganda.
In the statement, Tullow said Mugerwa will report to Les Wood, Tullow Chief Financial Officer.
“Jimmy will provide advice to Tullow’s executive team and the Uganda business…”, read part of the statement.
While the statement noted that Mugerwa’s appointment to London was a “promotion,” insiders said it was a humble “demotion.”
In fact we have been told that having worked out of Uganda for 19 years at Royal Dutch Shell, Mugerwa did not want another long assignment out of the country.
“The British are humble people and that is their way of work. They can’t tell you that you are demoted,” said a former Tullow Uganda employee who left a couple of years ago when the company started downsizing its Ugandan operations.
Mugerwa joined tullow in 2012 after working at Royal Dutch Shell.
Besides his Tullow job, Mugerwa served as board chairman of DFCU bank, which came under scruinty after it controversially bought Crane Bank in 2017.
According to the statement, Nampeera will now lead Tullow business in Uganda.
Nampeera, too, worked at Royal Dutch Shell for 13 years before joining Tullow in 2011.