Lamar McKay is accountable for group strategy and long-term planning; safety and operational risk; and group technology. In addition to supporting the group chief executive, he also focuses on various corporate governance activities including ethics and compliance.
Lamar started his career in 1980 with the company and held a range of technical and leadership roles. During 1998 to 2000, he worked on the BP-Amoco merger and served as head of strategy and planning for the exploration and production business. In 2000, he became business unit leader for the central North Sea. In 2001, he became chief of staff for exploration and production, and subsequently for BP’s deputy group chief executive. Lamar became group vice president, Russia and Kazakhstan in 2003. He served as a member of the board of directors of TNK-BP between February 2004 and May 2007.
In 2007, he was appointed executive vice president, BP America. In 2008, he became executive vice president, special projects where he led BP’s efforts to restructure the governance framework for TNK-BP. In 2009, Lamar was appointed chairman and president of BP America, serving as BP’s chief representative in the US. In January 2013, he became chief executive, Upstream, responsible for exploration, development and production, serving in the role until April 2016.