Taking a final bow while the audience is still applauding must surely mark the success of any performance — and Equinor chief executive Eldar Saetre appears to have timed his exit from the company to perfection.

Top-level departures from the Norwegian state-controlled giant have historically not been without drama, as some of Saetre’s forerunners have fallen on the sword following project cost overruns and, most notably, the Iran corruption scandal that sealed the fate of earlier incumbent Olav Fjell in 2003.