Vivo Energy Uganda the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has hired a new managing director, Gilbert Assi. This appointment follows the successful leadership of the company by Hans Paulsen over the past three years.

Mr. Assi brings a wealth of experience having worked with Vivo Energy and Shell for the past 20 years in several leadership positions, most recently as the Group Head of Distribution. Prior to this he spent two years as managing director of LPSA, Vivo Energy’s joint venture transport, storage and shipping company in Madagascar, where he very successfully led the operation of over 300 employees at 23 depots, a pipeline network and two barges. During his career with Vivo Energy and Shell, Mr. Assi has also had roles as the Supply and Distribution manager in both Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, been the General Manager of Société Guineenne des Petroles in Guinea, and held a regional HSSE manager role. He qualified as an energetics engineer from the National Polytechnic Institute Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Côte d'Ivoire.

Mr. Paulsen has been promoted to a new more senior role in the Vivo Energy Group. In this new role, Mr. Paulsen will be working across all countries in Africa where Vivo Energy operates on a new project to improve our business and increase our customer focus and customer experience.

Commenting on the new appointments Christian Chammas, CEO of the Vivo Energy group, said: “I would like to thank Hans Paulsen for the outstanding contribution he has made as MD of Vivo Energy Uganda and for all his work to build the company into the successful business it is today. I am certain that Gilbert Assi will build on this success to steer the organisation to even greater achievements.”


Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda since 1953.

Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 17,500 m³ and 137 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs around 130 employees. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash).  For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing.  Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,370 people, operates over 1,740 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 124,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.


Media Contact:

Cerinah Z Tugume

Corporate Communications Manager

Vivo Energy Uganda

+256 772 754001

[email protected]


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