BP has appointed a new leader to head up its business in the United States, replacing industry veteran Susan Dio.
David Lawler, who joined the company in as CEO of BPX Energy in 2014, will now oversee 13,000 US employees as president and chairman of BP America.
It comes amid revelations BP is cutting dozens of senior leaders following the Covid outbreak and as part of its net zero reinvention.
Ms Dio is planning to retire later this year.
Mr Lawler, 52, led the $10.5bn acquisition and integration of BHP’s American shale assets in 2018.
The Denver-native will now “take the helm” in the US as BP aims to become a net zero emitter by 2050 or sooner, when he takes up the role on July 1.
BP America will add to his responsibilities with BPX Energy.
Chief executive Bernard Looney said: “Beyond a track record of delivering strong safety, environmental and commercial results, Dave brings an authentic and inspiring leadership style. His curiosity and willingness to do things differently will be essential as we reinvent bp and reimagine energy for people and our planet.”
Susan Dio, a 36-year veteran of the company, helped rebuild the firm’s US headquarters in Houston following Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and held senior positions across the US, UK an Australia throughout her career.
Mr Looney added: “Susan has been an extraordinary leader and mentor throughout her impressive career – and especially in America.
“She strengthened our culture of safety and respect and shattered barriers everywhere she went. To her, we say thank you for making bp a stronger, more inclusive company. And to her family, thank you for sharing Susan with us all these years.”