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Board of Directors

Cranfield Energy is piloted by a four member Board of Directors that is responsible for the overall running of Cranfield Group of companies. Members of the board are technically sound and vastly experienced, most of whom are professionals with considerable experience in design, building, operation and management of drilling and work-over units in the United States, Africa, North America and Asia. The board is also responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for the company. The board has been highly instrumental in establishing the company’s mission, strategic goals and the setting up of operating and financial policies.


The central executive management team of Cranfield Energy is led by its directors who oversee the management and operations of Cranfield companies in Nigeria, Ghana, Canada and the United States of America.

The Executive team is led by Herman J. Schellstede, who is President and Chief executive Officer. He is assisted by John Esiegbuya( Vice President Africa and Global Head of Finance), Lonnie Barkaskas (Vice President USA/North America and Global Head of operation) and Gretchen Schellstede, the Corporate Affairs Executive.

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Herman J. Schellstede

Founder and Chief Operating Officer

John Esiegbuya

Vice President Africa
Global Head of Finance

Lonnie Barkaskas

Vice President USA
North America and Global Head of operation

Gretchen Schellstede

Corporate Affairs Executive