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Bernard Looney

Bernard Looney - Chief executive, Upstream

Bernard Looney - Chief executive, Upstream

Chief executive, Upstream

Executive team tenure: 

Appointed 1 November 2010


Outside interests:

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Fellow of the Energy Institute








Bernard Looney is responsible for the Upstream segment which consists of exploration, development and production.


Bernard joined BP in 1991 as a drilling engineer, working in the North Sea, Vietnam and the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005 he became senior vice president for BP Alaska before becoming head of the group chief executive's office in 2007.


In 2009 he became the managing director of BP's North Sea business in the UK and Norway. At the same time, Bernard became a member of the Oil & Gas UK Board. He became executive vice president, developments in October 2010, and in February 2013 became chief operating officer, production, serving in the role until April 2016. 

Read Bernard Looney's recent speeches

  • 25 September 2018 New energy opportunities in Africa
    Bernard Looney, chief executive, Upstream, Atlantic Council, New York, 25 September 2018: With demand for energy in Africa well ahead of the world average, and BP’s long history on the continent, Bernard Looney speaks about the in Africa’s prospects for growth and investment.
  • 4 September 2018 Barclays Power and Energy Conference
    Bernard Looney, chief executive, Upstream, New York, 4 September 2018: Bernard Looney explains BP’s investment proposition: safe, reliable and efficient operations; a balanced and distinctive portfolio fit for all seasons; and a focus on returns through value-based, disciplined investment and rigour on costs.
  • 28 June 2018 Bernard Looney at the World Gas Conference
    Bernard Looney, chief executive, Upstream, World Gas Conference, Washington DC, 28 June 2018: Bernard Looney sets out the case for ensuring action is taken to tackle methane when making the argument for the benefits of gas in meeting the dual challenge of increasing energy demand while lowering emissions.