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Lamar McKay

Lamar McKay - Deputy group chief executive

Lamar McKay - Deputy group chief executive

Chief transition officer

Executive team tenure: 

Appointed 16 June 2008

Lamar’s current portfolio will be redistributed on 1 July and he will continue in his
capacity as chief transition officer.


Outside interests:

No external appointments








Lamar McKay took on a new role as chief transition officer in 2019. He is responsible for supporting the chairman and new group chief executive in achieving a full and orderly transfer of leadership. In addition, he continues to hold responsibility for leading BP’s strategy work for the energy transition.


Lamar started his career in 1980 with Amoco and held a range of technical and leadership roles.


During 1998 to 2000, he worked on the BP-Amoco merger and served as head of strategy and planning for the exploration and production business. In 2000 he became business unit leader for the central North Sea. In 2001 he became chief of staff for exploration and production, and subsequently for BP's deputy group chief executive. Lamar became group vice president, Russia and Kazakhstan in 2003. He served as a member of the board of directors of TNK-BP between February 2004 and May 2007.


In 2007 he was appointed executive vice president, BP America. In 2008 he became executive vice president, special projects where he led BP's efforts to restructure the governance framework for TNK-BP. In 2009 Lamar was appointed chairman and president of BP America, serving as BP's chief representative in the US. In January 2013, he became chief executive, upstream, responsible for exploration, development and production, serving in the role until April 2016.