Prior to establishing CITA, Dr. Ogungbangbe was the General Manager, Aviation Business at MRS Oil & Gas, seconded to Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc, as Aviation Marketing Manager – West Africa and later promoted as the, Group Aviation Manager – West & Central Africa, based in the Lagos office, where he was the focal point for all aviation fuel work for Corlay/MRS Group.
He has also led many high profile industry group projects, serving as a member of FGN 6-man Ministerial Committee on Aviation Fuel Pricing & Product Availability. He was the Chairman of the management committee of Joint Aviation Facility in Kano, owned by Total, Forte, Oando and MRS. He was also a management member of JUHI concourse owned by Conoil, Mobil, MRS, Forte & Total.
Dr. Ogungbangbe was a co-founder of SO Aviation (formerly Aviation Air & Land Services) during which period he was, Operations and Marketing Director at different times. His experience in Sahara Group, spanned a diverse portfolio of responsibilities ranging from, engineering, maintenance, marketing, and into-plane operations through to, strategic fuel procurement, market risk management and aviation insurance.
Prior to joining Sahara’ SO Aviation, he had a brief stint as the Aviation Commercial Manager of National Oil & Chemical Marketing Plc (now Conoil Plc) in 2002 and later became the Aviation Operations Manager and Divisional Business Manager – of Conoil Aviation Service. He championed industry reforms on issues of, Discharge by Meter and Loss Prevention.
Thomas is a scientist by training, holding a Bachelor and Masters from University of Ilorin and also a Masters of Philosophy and Doctoral degree in Marketing Strategy from Babcock University, Nigeria. His doctoral research work focused on Business Performance and Marketing Strategies of Domestic Airlines in Nigeria.
Thomas is a Jet fuel airfield inspector, of IATA certified rating. He has attended several international training on Jet fuel by EI, ASTM, API & IATA. Thomas has attended leadership courses in University of Guadalajara, Mexico, Imperial College of Technology, Wye campus,Kent, UK and graduated as a Fellow of LEAD-Leadership on Environment and Development, UK. He also trained in Harvard Business School and an Alumni of Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK.