Andy Hopwood is BP’s chief operating officer, strategy and regions, Upstream.
Andy graduated in 1979 from Birmingham University in chemical engineering.
Andy Hopwood is responsible for BP’s upstream strategy, including changes to its portfolio and investment planning. He is also responsible for the upstream regional ‘footprint’ through leadership of its regional presidents, who are the upstream’s senior leaders in the regions where the upstream operates.
After joining BP in 1980 as a petroleum engineer, Andy Hopwood gained ten years of operating experience in the North Sea, Wytch Farm, and Indonesia, and developing expertise in reservoir engineering in BP’s London headquarters.
In 1989 Andy joined the corporate planning team supporting the formulation of BP’s exploration strategy. He also played an integral role in executing the subsequent rationalization of BP’s portfolio, divesting BP’s Canadian and Egyptian assets.
Following this corporate work, his international endeavours led to positions in South America, first in Mexico and then as commercial manager for BP’s Venezuela business, prior to a return to London as the exploration and production planning manager.
In 1999, he was appointed business unit leader in Azerbaijan. He returned to London in 2001 as the Upstream chief of staff, before becoming business unit leader in Trinidad. In 2005 he moved to Houston to become strategic performance unit leader for the North American gas business.
In 2009, he joined the upstream executive as head of portfolio and technology and in October 2010 he was appointed executive vice president, exploration and production, strategy and integration. In 2013 he was appointed chief operating officer, strategy and regions, Upstream.
Andy serves as chair of the BP Foundation.