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BP chief to step down after 40 years with company
04 October, 2019
Bob Dudley BP group chief executive

BP has announced that its group chief executive Bob Dudley has decided to step down after a 40-year career with BP and more than nine years in his current role.

He will step down following delivery of the company’s 2019 full year results on 4 February 2020 and will retire on 31 March 2020.

The company has also revealed that Bernard Looney, currently chief executive, upstream, will succeed Dudley as group chief executive and join the BP board on 5 February 2020. Looney will continue in his current role until this date.

BP chairman Helge Lund said: “Bob has dedicated his whole career to the service of this industry. He was appointed chief executive at probably the most challenging time in BP’s history. During his tenure he has led the recovery from the Deepwater Horizon accident, rebuilt BP as a stronger, safer company and helped it re-earn its position as one of the leaders of the energy sector. This company – and indeed the whole industry – owes him a debt of gratitude."

Lund added: “As the company charts its course through the energy transition this is a logical time for a change. Bernard has all the right qualities to lead us through this transformational era. He has deep experience in the energy sector, has risen through the ranks of BP, and has consistently delivered strong safety, operational and financial performance. He is an authentic, progressive leader, with a passion for purpose and people and a clear sense of what BP must do to thrive through the energy transition.”

Dudley commented: “It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve this company and work in this industry for the past four decades. I have worked with so many committed people from all over the world – both inside and outside BP – and I am enormously proud of all the things we have achieved together to provide energy for the world. Bernard is a terrific choice to lead the company next. He knows BP and our industry as well as anyone but is creative and not bound by traditional ways of working. I have no doubt that he will thoughtfully lead BP through the transition to a low-carbon future.”

Looney said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with Bob and it is an honour to succeed him as chief executive. I am humbled by the responsibility that is being entrusted to me by the board and am truly excited about both the role and BP’s future. Our company has amazing people, tremendous assets, and a set of core values that guide our actions, but most of all we have a desire to be better. I look forward to tapping into that desire and building on the strong foundation that Bob has built as we meet society’s demand for cleaner, better energy.”

Lamar McKay, currently deputy group chief executive, has agreed to serve as chief transition officer. In this new role he will support the chairman and incoming group chief executive to ensure a full and orderly transfer of leadership.


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