VIDEO: From a fuel attendant to CEO of Petrosol, the story of Michael Bozumbil

Bozumbil has been the chief executive of Petrosol Ghana Ltd since 2006, when it was founded by him as a petroleum business management and consulting firm

The chief executive of Petrosol Ghana Ltd, Michael Bozumbil, has advised the youth not to despise small beginnings in their quest to build a career.

Bozumbil believes there are job opportunities in Africa’s energy sector even in the wake of energy transition, which has to do with the shift from the use of fossil fuel to cleaner sources of energy.

He has therefore charged the youth to prepare themselves to take advantage of opportunities in the energy sector.

“The energy sector is changing in form but not in substance,” Bozumbil said, adding that the world will always need energy and that it is the type of energy that may change from time to time,” he told participants at a career seminar, organised by the Energy Quest Foundation in Accra.

The CEO of PETROSOL Ghana, Michael Bozumbil with some of the participants at the seminar
The CEO of PETROSOL Ghana, Michael Bozumbil with some of the participants at the seminar

He encouraged those desiring to build career in the energy sector not to be frightened by the news about energy transition and end up staying away from pursuing careers in the energy sector; instead, they should develop even greater interest in the sector because of its enormous growth potential.

Using himself as example, Bozumbil said he was offered opportunity to do his national service as a fuel pump attendant at a time when his colleagues were posted to big institutions and organisations.

Drawing inspiration from his senior brother, Bozumbil braced all odds and worked through the various ranks in the industry to his current position.


About Michael Bozumbil

Bozumbil has been the CEO of PETROSOL Ghana Ltd since 2006, when it was founded by him as a petroleum business management and consulting firm.

Through diligence and strategic partnership, he successfully migrated the business from consulting to an Oil Marketing Company in 2014 and has since led his team to successfully grow the company from its small beginning to become one of the leading Oil Marketing Companies in Ghana, focused on meeting the needs of consumers. Through his insistence on best practice, PETROSOL is known as a value-for-money brand, as it insists on delivering clean fuel in full quantity to its customers.

With over twenty-five (25) years’ experience in petroleum downstream business management starting from fuel retail outlet management through field operations supervision to senior level management and consultancy, he has a fine blend of experience which cuts across various categories of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) — multinational, Pan-African and indigenous/Ghanaian–which he uses to provide leadership and direction to team.

A passionate advocate of and believer in ethical business conduct, win-win business relationships and best practices, he coaches and guides his team to live such values and to aim at nothing but the best, notwithstanding the challenges they encounter as a private indigenous company. This is because he believes that quality or excellence has no nationality.

Michael Bozumbil

Under his leadership, PETROSOL has received triple International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification. These are ISO 9001: 2015–Quality Management System; ISO 14001:2015–Environmental Management System and ISO 45001: 2018–Occupational Health & Safety Management and has also won several corporate awards and recognition.

Mr. Bozumbil has over the years received a number of personal awards for his leadership, some of which are: Estimable Industry and AOMC Leadership Award by the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (2021), the Osagyefo Young Leadership Award by the Ghana Energy Awards (2020), the Oil & Gas Personality of the Year 2019 (Downstream), Oil & Gas CEO of the Year 2018 (Downstream) at the Ghana Oil & Gas Awards and the Chamber Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Mr. Bozumbil previously served as the Managing Director, Pacific Oil Ghana Ltd; Head of Marketing, Nasona Oil Company Ltd; Marketing Representative/Territory Manager, Oando Ghana Ltd; and a Station Manager under Shell Ghana Ltd and played a key role in growing these companies and won a number of awards for his contribution to the growth of these companies. He has also consulted for a number of Oil Marketing Companies in Ghana.

Mr. Bozumbil plays leadership roles in the Ghanaian business community. He is a Council Member of the Ghana Employers’ Association and also a Council Member of both the National Council and the Accra Regional Council of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC) for two consecutive terms from October 2016 to November 2020 during which period he represented the AOMC at the level of the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), the national apex body of Ghana’s business community. He also previously chaired the Legal & Ethics Committee as well as served as a member of the Strategic Oversight Committee of the AOMC.

He is a product of the GIMPA Business School, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (MBA-Marketing), the University of Ghana Business School (MA, Marketing Strategy—Entrepreneurship & Brand Management) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Sociology from the University of Ghana as well. He had his high school education at the Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIG BOSS) and the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon.

Mr. Bozumbil has attended a number of courses on petroleum business management, leadership and finance; and has written extensively on Ghana’s petroleum downstream industry as well as participated in several energy sector business conferences/summits both locally and internationally and has been a conference speaker at some of them.


Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra with additional files from Petrosol


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