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Reinventing bp

Introducing a new structure, a new leadership team, and new ways of working
We have got to change – and change profoundly. But it is more than having to change – we want to change, because it is the right thing for the world, and it is a tremendous business opportunity for bp.Bernard Looney,chief executive officer

To deliver our ambition we are reinventing bp, retiring our existing model and replacing it with one that is more focused, more integrated and faces the energy transition head on. One that can deliver for the changing demands of consumers, investors and governments.


Our new model came into place on 1 July and focuses on four core capabilities: operations, customers, low carbon and innovation. These four highly focused business groups work with three integrators, to facilitate collaboration and unlock value. And four teams serve as enablers of business delivery.


Together, the leaders of each of these 11 teams form the new bp leadership team. Their immediate job is to establish their teams and develop our new strategy.

Bernard Looney

Bernard Looney, chief executive officer

Bernard Looney is chief executive officer of bp, a role he took on in February 2020.?Bernard joined bp in 1991 as a drilling engineer and worked in the North Sea, Vietnam, the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. He then led the group chief executive's office, and later ran bp’s oil and gas exploration, development and production.?Bernard grew up in County Kerry, Ireland and studied at University College Dublin and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Murray Auchincloss

Murray Auchincloss?– chief financial officer


From 2015 until being announced to his new position, Murray was chief financial officer for bp Upstream. He has held other senior roles in the segment and spent three years as head of the group chief executive’s office. He spent his early career in North America and qualified as a chartered financial analyst.


Gordon Birrell

Gordon Birrell?– EVP, production & operations


Before being appointed to his new role, Gordon was chief operating officer for production, transformation and carbon. In a long bp career, Gordon has spent time in various technical, safety and operational risk and leadership roles including four years as bp president Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Giulia Chierchia

Giulia Chierchia?– EVP, strategy & sustainability


Giulia joined bp from McKinsey, where she was a senior partner. She led the global downstream oil and gas practice and was a key member of the chemicals and electricity, power and natural gas practices. She begins this role with more than 10 years’ experience in the energy sector, including helping companies shape their strategies for the energy transition.

Emma Delaney

Emma Delaney?– EVP, customers & products


Emma has spent 25 years working in bp, both in the Upstream and the Downstream, most recently as regional president, West Africa. Prior to this role she held a variety of senior roles: CFO for Asia Pacific, head of business development for Upstream gas value chains and commercial director for Iraq. She was the VP for integrated social and economic programmes in Indonesia. In Downstream she held a number of roles in marketing and planning.

Kerry Dryburgh

Kerry Dryburgh?– EVP, people & culture


Kerry was previously head of HR for the Upstream and has held a series of senior HR positions. She was a key driver behind the Upstream people transformation during 2015-2017. Kerry previously ran HR in bp’s Shipping, IST and corporate functions teams. She brings experience from other sectors in Europe and Asia, having worked at both BT and Honeywell before joining bp. She currently sits as a non-executive director for the United Kingdom Strategic Command.

David Eyton

David Eyton?– EVP, innovation & engineering


David joined the executive team in 2018 as group head of technology. He joined bp in 1982 with a degree in engineering and has held several positions in petroleum engineering, commercial and business management. Previous senior roles include managing Wytch Farm, Trinidad Gas and Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Developments. He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the UK engineering and energy. David is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

Carol Howle

Carol Howle?– EVP, trading & shipping


Before taking on her current role, Carol ran bp Shipping and was the chief operating officer for IST oil. She has more than 20 years in the energy industry, many in integrated supply and trading. Previous roles, include chief operating officer for natural gas liquids, regional leader of global oil Europe and finance. Carol also served as the head of the group chief executive’s office.

William Lin

William Lin?– EVP, regions, cities & solutions


William served as chief operating officer, Upstream regions before joining the leadership team. He has worked in bp for 25 years having spent most of his career working abroad in different countries. Previous senior roles include vice president - gas development and operations for Egypt, regional president for Asia Pacific and head of the group chief executive’s office. William managed the successful startup of the Tangguh LNG facility during his time in Indonesia.? He is a non-executive director for Pan American Energy Group that operates in Argentina.

Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell?– EVP, communications & advocacy


Geoff has run group communications and external affairs since 2017, after six years leading bp America’s communications and government relations teams. He was instrumental in rebuilding bp’s reputation in the years following Deepwater Horizon. Prior to bp, Geoff spent four years at the Pentagon, serving as the chief spokesperson for the military under presidents Bush and Obama. He previously worked in television, including as White House Correspondent for ABC News.

Eric Nitcher

Eric Nitcher?– EVP, legal


Eric has sat on the executive team as group general counsel since 2017. He played a key role in forming the Russian joint venture TNK-BP and settling Deepwater Horizon claims. He began his career as a litigation and regulatory lawyer in Wichita, Kansas. He joined Amoco in 1990 and over the years has held a wide variety of roles, both in the US and elsewhere.

Dev Sanyal

Dev Sanyal?– EVP, gas & low carbon energy


Dev has been a member of the executive team since 2011 firstly as executive vice president, strategy and regions, and since 2016, as chief executive alternative energy and executive vice president, regions. Dev joined bp in 1989 and has worked in London, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna and Dubai across various segments. Previous senior roles include CEO of Air BP and group treasurer. He played a key role in bp navigating its way through the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.