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Bob Dudley

Bob Dudley,  group chief executive

Group chief executive


Appointed to the board 6 April 2009


Outside interests:

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Non-executive director of Rosneft

Member of the Tsinghua Management University Advisory Board, Beijing, China

Member of the BritishAmerican Business International Advisory Board

Member of the US Business Council

Member of the US Business Roundtable

Member of the UAE/UK CEO Forum

Member of the Emirates Foundation Board of Trustees

Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) International Business Council

Chair of the WEF Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)






American and British


Bob Dudley became group chief executive on 1 October 2010.


Bob joined Amoco Corporation in 1979, working in a variety of engineering and commercial posts. Between 1994 and 1997 he worked on corporate development in Russia. In 1997 he became general manager for strategy for Amoco and in 1999, following the merger between BP and Amoco, was appointed to a similar role in BP.


Between 1999 and 2000 he was executive assistant to the group chief executive, subsequently becoming group vice president for BP’s renewables and alternative energy activities. In 2002 he became group vice president responsible for BP’s upstream businesses in Russia, the Caspian region, Angola, Algeria and Egypt.


From 2003 to 2008 he was president and chief executive officer of TNK-BP. On his return to BP in 2009, he was appointed to the BP board and oversaw the group’s activities in the Americas and Asia. Between 23 June and 30 September 2010, he served as the president and chief executive officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization in the US. He was appointed a director of Rosneft in March 2013 following BP’s acquisition of a stake in Rosneft. Since 2016, he has chaired the Oil and Gas Community of the World Economic Forum and is chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI).

Relevant skills and experience


Bob Dudley has spent his whole career in the oil and gas industry. As group chief executive, Bob has transformed BP into a safer, stronger and simpler business. This approach, governed by a consistent set of values, has guided BP to a position of greater resilience, enabling it to continue delivering results in an uncertain economic environment. Bob has demonstrated excellent leadership and vision throughout. Bob continues to lead the development of the group’s strategy, as we adapt to the challenges of the transition to a lower carbon economy. Under Bob’s leadership, BP successfully delivered seven major projects in 2017.


Bob Dudley’s performance has been considered and evaluated by the chairman’s committee.

Read Bob Dudley's recent speeches

  • 12 March 2019 Progressive pragmatism: pathways to a common goal
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, CERAWeek, Houston 12 March 2019. Bob Dudley discusses how the energy industry’s future will be defined by its response to concerns over climate change. Reducing emissions while meeting rising demand for energy to support human progress requires a pragmatic approach. For this approach to succeed, global energy companies need to maintain shareholder confidence and earn society’s trust that we share the common goal of a low carbon future.
  • 26 February 2019 Fit for the future
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, IP Week, London 26 February 2019. Speaking at the start for the conference, Bob Dudley talks about the close correlation between energy and human development, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and five priorities that can help the industry play its part in advancing the energy transition and solving the dual challenge.
  • 14 February 2019 Energy Outlook 2019
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, Energy Outlook 2019 launch, London: Speaking at the launch, Bob Dudley talks about how the Outlook helps shape BP’s strategic thinking by considering various scenarios of how energy markets might evolve, shows how fast the industry is changing and highlights the scale of the dual challenge of providing more energy with fewer emissions.