Paul L. Caldwell, P.E.

Senior Strategic Advisor Operations


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1970

Professional Experience:

Paul Lawrence Caldwell Jr. is past Chairman/Managing Director of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (retired), MPN, (Operator of the NNPC/Mobil Joint Venture) and in-country Chairman of the ExxonMobil Companies in Nigeria.  Paul retired from Mobil April 2001 and is active with his personal business.

Paul graduated in 1970 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and joined Mobil Oil Corporation the same year.


From 1970 to 1975, he undertook various engineering assignments in Petroleum and Process Engineering, designing, installing and starting-up thermal recovery facilities projects, including the San Ardo steam treating plant in California.  From 1977 to 1978, Paul was appointed Thermal Facilities Coordinator, supervising engineering design of thermal recovery facilities for all thermal recovery projects in the Denver Division of Mobil U.S. Exploration and Producing Division.


From 1978 to 1982, Paul held business-planning assignments in Denver and New York.  He earned a MBA from University of Denver during this period.

From 1982 to 1984, Paul proceeded to Mobil’s affiliate in The Hague, Netherlands as the Planning Manager.  He was responsible for business planning and negotiation of several gas sales deals, including a $2 billion deal (over a 20 year period) with a European buyer.  From 1984 to 1986, as Operations/Venture manager, Paul managed the design, engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of two gas production platforms in the Dutch offshore.


Paul became the Producing Operations Manager in charge of all oil and gas production in eleven states in the then Mobil Denver Division from 1987 to 1989.  In 1990, he transferred to Mobil Oil Indonesia (MOI) as Vice President Production.  MOI’s production totaled 3.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day, 120,000 barrels per day of condensate and 30,000 barrels per day of LPG.


Paul returned to the USA early in 1994 as Production Technology Manager at Mobil’s E & P Technology Center where he managed a 210 man technical organization engaged in research, development and technical support for Mobil’s Producing operations worldwide.  During this time, Paul managed a team to prepare a fast-track development plan for the Zafiro field in Equatorial Guinea. 


He was transferred to Nigeria as Executive Director, Exploration and Production in October 1995 and was elevated to Chairman/Managing Director two years later.  While in Nigeria, Paul has been the chief facilitator of MPN’s continued leadership of the industry towards Zero-flare and production expansion.  A strong advocate of technical excellence and development of Nigerians, he was also an active member of the Vision 2010 Committee and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.


A registered professional engineer in the states of California, Colorado and Oklahoma, Paul is also a member of the many other professional bodies, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers respectively.


Paul’s various contributions to engineering practice and management, and leadership qualities earned him the prestigious U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Award in 1999, the second Mobil employee in U.S. history.

He spends his leisure Golfing, Fishing, and Hunting wild game.  Paul is married to Mabel and they have two children