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Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson - Independent non-executive director

Independent non-executive director

Appointed: 

1 January 2021

 

Board and committee activities:

From the conclusion of 2021 Annual General Meeting, Karen will become a member of the audit committee

 

Outside interests:

Director of Artius Acquisition Inc.

Director of Exponent Inc.

 

Nationality: 

American

Career summary

Karen Richardson was Vice President of Sales at Netscape Communications Corporation from 1995 to 1998 before embarking on several senior executive roles at E.piphany from 1998 to 2003 and was Chief Executive Officer between 2003 and 2006. In 2011 she became a non-executive director of BT plc where she served for seven years and between 2016 and 2019 Karen was a director of Worldpay Inc. (Worldpay Group plc). Karen is currently a director of Artius Acquisition Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, and, since 2013, Exponent Inc., the engineering and scientific consulting company.

 

Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and was awarded distinctions from the Stanford Industrial Engineering Department and the American Institute of Industrial Engineers.

 

Skills and experience

Karen has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry. She brings exceptional knowledge of digital, technology, cyber and IT security matters from her career working with innovative companies in Silicon Valley. As bp works to transform into an Integrated Energy Company, Karen has the skills, experience and diversity to further enhance the board’s ability to support and oversee the delivery of bp’s strategy.