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Admiral Frank Bowman

Admiral Frank Bowman - Independent non-executive director

Independent non-executive director


Appointed 8 November 2010


Board and committee activities:

Member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance, geopolitical and chairman’s committees


Outside interests:

President of Strategic Decisions, LLC

Director of Morgan Stanley Mutual Funds

Director of Naval and Nuclear Technologies, LLP








Frank Bowman served for more than 38 years in the US Navy, rising to the rank of Admiral. He commanded the nuclear submarine USS City of Corpus Christi and the submarine tender USS Holland. After promotion to flag officer, he served on the joint staff as director of political-military affairs and as the chief of naval personnel. He served over eight years as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program where he was responsible for the operations of more than 100 reactors aboard the US Navy's aircraft carriers and submarines.


After his retirement as an Admiral in 2004, he was president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute until 2008. He served on the BP Independent Safety Review Panel and was a member of the BP America External Advisory Council. He holds two masters degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2005. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2009.


Frank is a member of the US CNA military advisory board and has participated in studies of climate change and its impact on national security, and on future global energy solutions and water scarcity. Additionally, he was co-chair of a National Academies study investigating the implications of climate change for naval forces.


Relevant skills and experience

Frank Bowman's exemplary safety record in running the US Navy's nuclear submarine program indicates his deep understanding of process safety and its implementation. Frank makes a substantial contribution to the safety culture within BP. Combined with his specific knowledge of BP's safety goals from his work on the BP Independent Safety Review Panel and his special interest in climate change, he brings an important perspective to the board and the safety, ethics and environment assurance committee. He has led the oversight of BP's compliance with the agreements with the US government stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.