bp recently announced that its board appointed Murray Auchincloss as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Murray, who has been interim CEO since September 2023, will continue as a member of the bp board.
His appointment has been made following a robust and competitive search process, carried out by the board over the past four months with support from international search advisers. This included detailed consideration of a range of candidates, including external to bp.
Helge Lund, chair of bp said: “Since September, bp’s board has undertaken a thorough and highly competitive process to identify bp’s next CEO, considering a number of high-calibre candidates in detail. The board is in complete agreement that Murray was the outstanding candidate and is the right leader for bp.
“Many already know Murray well, and few know bp better than he does. His assured leadership, focus on performance and delivery, and deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the energy transition will serve bp well as we continue our disciplined transformation to an integrated energy company.”
Murray Auchincloss said: “It’s an honour to lead bp – this is a great company with great people. Our strategy – from international oil company to integrated energy company, or IOC to IEC – does not change. I’m convinced about the significant value we can create.
“Now, more than ever, our focus must remain on delivery – operating safely and efficiently, executing with discipline, and always focusing on returns. This is how we will deliver real benefits for our customers and other stakeholders and continue to grow long-term value for bp’s shareholders.”
The search process for the new CEO was led by a committee of the bp board, headed by Helge Lund together with three other non-executive directors. The appointment decision was approved by the full bp board, excepting Murray Auchincloss.
· Before becoming interim chief executive officer in September 2023, Murray had been bp’s chief financial officer since July 2020, at which time he also joined bp’s board. He had previously served as CFO, deputy CFO and head of business development for bp’s Upstream segment. From 2010-2013 Murray was head of bp’s group chief executive’s office, working directly with Bob Dudley.
· Murray, 53, joined Amoco Canada in 1992. Following financial and planning roles in Canada and the US, his career included periods as commercial director for bp’s Onshore North America business and CFO for bp’s North Sea business. He has a degree in finance from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is also a member of the Aker BP board.
Murray Auchincloss’s remuneration arrangements will include:
· Annual salary of £1.45 million.
· Provisions relating to bonus opportunity, bonus deferral and performance shares are all in accordance with BP’s 2023 remuneration policy as approved by shareholders.
· A cash allowance in lieu of pension equal to 20 per cent of base salary, in accordance with BP’s remuneration policy and aligned with the majority of the wider UK workforce.
· This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 of 16 April 2014 (MAR) as it forms part of domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.