Bernard Looney

Chief executive, Upstream

Executive team tenure: Appointed 1 November 2010

Outside interests:
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advisory Council
Fellow of the Energy Institute

Age: 47

Nationality: Irish


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.

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