The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

BP re­veals new chair­man

- BY KEITH FIND­LAY

Oil gi­ant BP re­vealed the iden­tity of its next chair­man yes­ter­day.

For­mer Aker Kvaerner, Sta­toil and BG Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Helge Lund will suc­ceed Carl-Hen­ric Svan­berg, who has held the role for nine years,

Mr Lund, who was at the cen­tre of a multi-mil­lion­pound “golden hello” pay­ment con­tro­versy in the run-up to his tak­ing over at BG Group in March 2015, will join BP in Septem­ber.

But he will not of­fi­cially be­come chair­man of the su­per­ma­jor un­til Jan­uary 1 next year.

He is also chair­man of global health­care com­pany Novo Nordisk and was a di­rec­tor of oil ser­vices firm Schlumberg­er un­til he stood down from that role yes­ter­day.

De­scrib­ing BP as “a great com­pany,” Mr Lund added: “It is a huge priv­i­lege for me to be asked to lead an ex­pe­ri­enced and di­verse board.

“BP has come suc­cess­fully through a chal­leng­ing pe­riod un­der the strong and com­mit­ted lead­er­ship of Carl-Hen­ric and Bob (chief ex­ec­u­tive

Bob Dud­ley).

“I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Bob and his team as they ad­dress the chang­ing energy land­scape.”

Mr Svan­berg said: “Our in­dus­try is chang­ing faster than ever as the world fo­cuses on meet­ing the dual chal­lenge of more energy with fewer emis­sions.

“Helge has a track record of lead­er­ship in ad­dress­ing these is­sues, char­ac­terised by his open-minded and for­ward-look­ing ap­proach.

“To­gether with his deep in­dus­try knowl­edge and global busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, he has all the skills nec­es­sary to lead the board to­day and into the fu­ture.”

Mr Dud­ley said: “I am very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him.”

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Helge Lund: new role

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