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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


Outside interests:

No external appointments








Lamar McKay, was previously the Group Deputy CEO, accountable for group strategy and long-term planning, group economics, safety and operational risk, group technology and the legal function. In addition to supporting the group chief executive, he also focused on various corporate governance activities including ethics and compliance. Lamar assumed the role of Chief Transition Officer in October 2019, following the announcement that Bernard Looney was to become CEO in February 2020. Lamar will assist the executive team during the handover period from Bob Dudley to Bernard Looney and beyond, whilst supporting the company as it plays a significant role in the global 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.