Group CEO, BP
Robert (Bob) Dudley became Group Chief Executive of BP p.l.c on 1 October 2010.
Bob joined Amoco Corporation in 1979, for whom he worked until its merger with BP in 1998. In his early career he held a variety of engineering and commercial posts in the US and UK. From 1987 he worked on the negotiation and development of projects in the South China Sea, following which he was involved in the restructuring of oil and gas research and development activities in the US.
Between 1994 and 1997 he was based in Moscow working on corporate development for both upstream and downstream businesses in Russia.
In 1997 he became general manager for strategy for Amoco and following the Amoco merger was appointed to a similar role in BP in 1999.
From 1999 – 2000 he was appointed executive assistant to the group chief executive officer, following which he was group vice president for BP’s renewables and alternative energy activities, with responsibilities for BP’s global solar business and wind and hydrogen activities. He then took up the role of group vice president responsible for BP’s upstream businesses in Russia, the Caspian Region, Angola, Algeria and Egypt.
In 2003, following the formation of TNK-BP – a joint venture between BP and Russian partners – Bob assumed the role of president and chief executive officer until December 2008.
Bob was appointed an executive director of the BP board on 6 April 2009 becoming an executive vice president and a member of the executive management team with responsibility for the group’s activities in the Americas and Asia. Between 23 June and 30 September 2010 he served as the President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization in the United States.
He holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MBA from SMU. He is a Member of the Board of Fellows of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He was awarded an Honorary CBE in December 2009 for services to global energy security and industry.