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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 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. During 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, the board believes Bob has demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision and has transformed BP into a safer, stronger and simpler business. Over the past eight years, Bob has based this transformation on a consistent set of values and behaviours. BP is now more resilient and is able to continue delivering results in an uncertain economic environment. Bob continues to lead the development of the group's strategy, as BP adapts to the challenges of the advancing transition to a lower carbon economy. Under his leadership, BP successfully acquired the lower 48 assets of BHP in 2018 and delivered six major projects as planned.


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

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Read Bob Dudley's recent speeches

  • 23 October 2019 Energy: haves and have nots
    Spencer Dale, group chief economist, One Young World, London, 23 October 2019.
  • 11 October 2019 Gas in a net-zero energy system
    At Energy Intelligence’s Oil and Money conference on 9 October 2019, Bob Dudley, group chief executive, explained how gas will help us build a net-zero energy system, if we take the right decisions today.
  • 16 July 2019 Getting to net zero
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, Chatham house, London, 10 July 2019. As part of the Chatham House corporate leader series, Bob Dudley addresses growing climate concerns, the components needed for a net zero world, and why constructive dialogue is essential.