Rikkola was formerly Treasurer of Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited, a multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas startup company in Qatar, thirty percent owned by Mobil Corporation. He began his career in corporate finance in the airline industry with Trans World Airlines where he was involved in a large number of public and private corporate financings. He moved to the energy industry with Mobil Corporation where he spent most of his career, retiring as Assistant Treasurer of the Worldwide Marketing and Refining Division.
During his career with Mobil he gained wide experience in corporate finance and treasury management, both international and domestic. This experience included startup operations, project and structured financings, foreign exchange management, strategic financial planning, cash management, foreign exchange management, pension fund management, and management of international treasury operations. International experience included being Treasurer of Mobil's European marketing and refining operations in London.
Rikkola has a bachelor's degree in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth.