Chief Financial Officer, BP
Brian Gilvary is BP plc’s Group Chief Financial Officer and Board Director with over 30 years experience of working in the oil and gas sector. His current role has accountability for all of the typical Finance functions of a large corporate along with the commodity trading and Shipping tanker divisions. He is a Non Executive Director and Audit Committee member of the Paris based Air Liquide, a world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and healthcare. He is also a Non Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Audit Committee of the Royal Navy and Vice Chair of the 100 Group of FTSE-100 Finance Directors. He served on the Board and Audit Committee of the Russian Joint Venture TNK-BP over 2003-06 and 2010-13. He was a member of the UK Treasury Financial Management Review Board 2014-17 and has served as a member of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community Rural Action Leadership Team and the International Employee Engagement Campaign 2007-09. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. He has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Manchester and is a Honorary visiting Professor in the faculty of Business and the faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences. Brian is a Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers and was made a Freemen of the City of London in 2017. He took up Triathlon in 2014, gaining International status in 2015 and has represented Great Britain in the Age Group Olympic distance World Championships in Chicago (2015), Cozumel (2016) and Rotterdam (2017).
Brian joined BP in 1986 and has worked across all of the parts of the company with a substantial period of time in the commodity trading division including heading up the New York Office in 1997-98. He moved to Chicago in 1999 to run the Amoco Natural Gas liquids business in Canada and the USA. He went on to be Chief of Staff of Downstream in 2000 and the Head of Strategy in 2001, leading the $5bn acquisition of Veba Oil. Brian has served as a member of two of BP’s 3 executive committees, Downstream (2002-05) and Gas, Renewables, Supply & Trading (2005-06). Prior to being appointed CFO in 2012 he was the Chief Executive of Integrated Supply & Trading (2005-09) and Deputy CFO (2010-11). In 2012 Brian led the negotiations with the Russian Oligarch partners for the sale of BP’s share of TNK-BP to Rosneft leading to the subsequent acquisition of a 20% stake in Rosneft. In 2015, he led the negotiations with the US Government and the 5 US Gulf states to resolve all of the outstanding legal issues associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
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