Bernard Looney

Chief Executive at BP

Bernard Looney is chief executive officer of BP, a role he took on in February 2020. Before becoming CEO, Bernard ran BP’s Upstream business. As chief executive, Upstream, he was responsible for all BP’s oil and gas exploration, development and production activities worldwide. During his tenure, process and personal safety performance improved by 35% and 20% respectively and production grew by 20%, driven largely by 23 major project start-ups – delivered ahead of schedule and under budget. He led access into new countries, including Mauritania and Senegal, high-graded the portfolio with the acquisition of onshore US assets from BHP Billiton and the proposed sale of the Alaska business, and created innovative new business models such as Aker BP in Norway. As Upstream CEO, Bernard encouraged BP to lead the industry on methane detection methods as well as driving sustainable emissions reductions of almost 3 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in the past two years. Bernard also made significant improvements in both gender and global diversity, with his top regional leadership team becoming one third women and one-third from outside the US/UK. He has also initiated a company-wide dialogue on mental health in hope of ‘ending the stigma’ associated with the issue. In earlier Upstream executive roles, he was responsible for all BP-operated oil and gas production worldwide and for all BP’s drilling and major project activity. He led the creation of central drilling and projects functions following the Deepwater Horizon accident. Bernard joined BP in 1991 as a drilling engineer and worked in operational roles in the North Sea, Vietnam and the Gulf of Mexico, including as drilling engineer on the discovery of the giant Thunder Horse field. After a period in BP Alaska, he became head of the group chief executive's office, working directly for BP chief executives Lord Browne and then Tony Hayward.


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