BP to appoint ex-HSBC man as company secretary

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A BP Plc logo sits on a totem sign outside a gas station operated by BP Plc in London, U.K. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

BP has revealed the identity of its new company secretary following the retirement of David Jackson at the end of this year.

Ben Mathews will take up his post in spring.

Until then, Jens Bertelsen, currently deputy secretary, will serve as company secretary.

The board expects to formally appoint Mr Mathews ahead of the company’s AGM in May.

Mr Mathews is currently the group company secretary of HSBC Holdings, a post that he has held for nearly six years.

He was previously the group company secretary of Rio Tinto and, prior to that, of BG Group.

Helge Lund, who will chair the BP Board from January 1, said:

“Ben has a strong track record as a company secretary, shares our values and is a great advocate of corporate governance. He has extensive experience in our industry and in global business, having worked with Rio Tinto and BG. I and all the Board look forward to working with him.

“We would all like to thank David Jackson for his many services to the BP Board since his appointment in 2003.”