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Dev Sanyal

Dev Sanyal - Chief executive, alternative energy and executive vice president, regions

Dev Sanyal - Chief executive, alternative energy and executive vice president, regions

Chief executive, alternative energy and executive vice president, regions

Executive team tenure: 

Appointed 1 January 2012


Dev will continue as part of the new leadership team.


Outside interests:

Independent non-executive director of Man Group plc
Member of the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Member of the International Advisory Board on Energy, Government of India
Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform
Fellow of the Energy Institute






British and Indian


Dev Sanyal is responsible for BP’s global alternative energy business and for the group’s interests in the Europe and Asia regions. He was appointed a member of the BP Group executive committee in 2011.


Dev joined BP in 1989 and has held a variety of international roles in London, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna and Dubai. He was general manager, Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, prior to being appointed chief executive, BP Eastern Mediterranean in 1999. In 2003 he was appointed chief executive, Air BP International and in 2006 became head of the group chief executive’s office. He was appointed group treasurer in 2007. During this period, he was also chairman of BP Investment Management and was accountable for the group’s aluminium interests. Until April 2016, Dev was executive vice president, strategy and regions.


Dev is an independent non-executive director on the board of Man Group plc; a member of the international advisory board of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India; advisory board of the Centre for European Reform; and the board of advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he obtained a master’s degree in economics and politics. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Read Dev Sanyal's recent speeches

  • 12 February 2020 Reimagining energy, reinventing BP
    Bernard Looney, chief executive officer, Ambition Launch, London, in his first speech as BP chief executive, 12 February 2020, Bernard Looney sets out a vision for BP as a thriving, sustainable energy business and a force for good in a net zero world. He announces BP’s new purpose, to reimagine energy for people and our planet, a new ambition, and 10 aims to fulfil BP’s ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and help the world to net zero.
  • 11 February 2020 Climate security - the geopolitical implications of climate change
    Speaking on 11 February in London, Dev Sanyal, chief executive, alternative energy and executive vice president, Europe and Asia regions, offered four aspects of the challenge, four criteria for the response, and four dimensions of the solution. The event at King’s College London, marked the 10th anniversary of the European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS).
  • 18 October 2019 Building on the past; embracing the future
    At the Greek-British Symposium in Napflio, Greece on 18 October 2019, Dev Sanyal spoke about the ongoing importance of trade and energy in advancing sustainable development. He highlighted the significant role of renewables, natural gas and the Southern Gas Corridor, which creates a new supply of gas to Greece and Europe more widely.