Tullow Oil’s Dorothy Thompson to step down as chairwoman

Thompson is one of only a handful of women chairing a London-listed company

Irish-founded Tullow Oil said on Wednesday that chairwoman Dorothy Thompson would step down at the end of the summer after nearly three years in the role, and the company was looking for a replacement.

Ms Thompson, one of only a handful of women chairing a London-listed company, said it was the right time for her to step back after Tullow last month emerged from a financial overhaul with a $1.8 billion bond and a new business plan under top boss Rahul Dhir.

“My time with Tullow has been interesting and challenging, and Tullow is now well positioned for a positive and sustainable future,” Ms Thompson said.

Ms Thompson was the chief executive of power company Drax Group before joining Tullow in 2018. She is currently a non-executive director at Eaton and a director of the Court of the Bank of England, Tullow's website shows.


The company last year said it would commit 90 per cent of its investments in coming years on its producing offshore oilfields in West Africa and put exploration on the back burner to reduce debt.

Tullow, which was set up in the 1980s to produce oil and gas in Africa, has historically focused on exploring new discoveries, but the oil price collapse last year forced the entire oil and gas industry to slash its exploration budget. – Reuters