British petroleum giant BP Plc announced the sudden departure of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bernard Looney, who held the position since February 2020. The surprise exit came as Looney failed to provide full details of his past relationships with colleagues, a disclosure lapse that led to his resignation.
BP’s official statement highlighted the issue, stating, “He did not provide details of all relationships and accepts he was obliged to make more complete disclosure. The company has strong values, and the board expects everyone at the company to behave in accordance with those values. All leaders, in particular, are expected to act as role models and to exercise good judgment in a way that earns the trust of others.”
Last year, during a review process, Looney revealed the existence of “a small number of historical relationships” that occurred prior to his appointment as CEO. This review was prompted by information from an anonymous source. At the time, BP did not find any breach of its code of conduct, and Looney provided assurances regarding both his past relationships and future conduct.
However, recent allegations surfaced, leading to an ongoing inquiry. Looney subsequently admitted to a lack of full transparency in his previous disclosures, prompting his resignation.
Interim CEO and Future Leadership
Murray Auchincloss, BP’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will temporarily assume the role of CEO following Looney’s departure. BP Plc’s future CEO candidates include Heige Lund, William Lin, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, and Gordon Birrell, according to Bloomberg.
Bernard Looney’s Tenure
Bernard Looney, who joined BP in 1991 at the age of 21, held various roles within the company’s operations, including in the North Sea, Vietnam, and Mexico. In 2016, he was appointed as the head of BP’s upstream division. During his tenure as CEO, Looney unveiled a plan to make BP a “net-zero company by 2050 or sooner.”
The sudden exit of the CEO raises questions about BP’s future leadership and the impact of this development on the company’s strategic direction.
BP CEO Bernard Looney resigns after failing to fully disclose past relationships, triggering an inquiry and a change in company leadership.
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