Iain Conn is BP’s chief executive, Refining and Marketing. He was appointed an executive director of BP on 1 July 2004.
Iain was born in Edinburgh, educated in Musselburgh, Scotland and subsequently studied chemical engineering and management at The Imperial College, London.
In addition to his position as chief executive, Refining and Marketing, he has regional responsibility for Europe, Southern Africa and Asia. He also has responsibility for the BP brand and related matters.
Iain Conn is a non-executive director and the senior independent director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of Imperial College Business School and a member of the Council of Imperial College.
He joined BP Oil International in 1986, working in a variety of roles in oil trading, commercial refining and exploration before becoming, on the merger between BP and Amoco in 1999, vice president of BP Amoco Exploration’s mid-continent business unit.
At the end of 2000, he returned to London as group vice president and a member of the Refining and Marketing segment’s executive committee, taking over responsibility in 2001 for BP’s marketing operations in Europe. In 2002 he was appointed chief executive of BP Petrochemicals. Following his appointment to the board in 2004, he served for three years as group executive officer, strategic resources, in which he had responsibility for a number of group functions and regions. He was appointed chief executive, Refining and Marketing on 1 June 2007.
Relevant experience and skills
Iain Conn’s career has given him extensive knowledge of a broad range of BP’s businesses, particularly in the area of refining and marketing, which he has led since 2007. In this last period he has successfully remodelled BP’s downstream business. He has deep knowledge of safety, manufacturing, energy markets and technology.