Independent non-executive director
Tenure: appointed 8 November 2010 Board and committee activities: Member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance, geopolitical and chairman's committees Outside interests: President of Strategic Decisions, LLC Director of Morgan Stanley Mutual Funds and Naval and Nuclear Technologies, LLP Age: 71 Nationality: American
Frank L Bowman served for more than 38 years in the US Navy, rising to the rank of Admiral. He commanded the nuclear submarine USS City of Corpus Christi and the submarine tender USS Holland. After promotion to flag officer, he served on the joint staff as director of political-military affairs and as the chief of naval personnel. He served over eight years as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program where he was responsible for the operations of more than 100 reactors aboard the US navy’s aircraft carriers and submarines. He holds two masters degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his retirement as an Admiral in 2004, he was president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute until 2008. He served on the BP Independent Safety Review Panel and was a member of the BP America External Advisory Council. He was appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2005. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2009. Frank is a member of the CNA military advisory board and has participated in studies of climate change and its impact on national security. Additionally he was co-chair of a National Academies study investigating the implications of climate change for naval forces.
Relevant experience and skills
Frank Bowman brings exceptional experience in safety issues arising from his time with the US Navy and the Nuclear Energy Institute, coupled with direct knowledge of BP safety goals from his work on the BP Independent Safety Review Panel. He also has a broad perspective of systems and of people from the many other roles throughout his career. He has built on this with on the Gulf of Mexico and SEEA committees since 2010 and his background and experience of US and global political and regulatory systems are valuable assets to the geopolitical committee.