BP Picks New Head

BP announced that Lamar McKay has been appointed as chairman and president of BP America Inc., and he’ll also serve as BP’s chief representative in the U.S, succeeding the retiring Robert Malone.

McKay is a member of the BP plc executive management team and has led the company’s special projects team since early 2008. There he played a major role in establishing a new governance model for TNK-BP, BP’s Russian joint venture.

Prior to that, McKay served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for BP America.

McKay joined Amoco Production Company as a petroleum engineer in 1980 and later served in a variety of operating and commercial roles. During his career he has led upstream production businesses in the Arkoma Basin, the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea.

After working on the BP-Amoco merger, he led BP’s worldwide exploration and production strategy efforts followed by a posting as chief of staff for the company’s global exploration and production business. Prior to his first assignment with BP America, he served as group vice president for Russia and Kazakhstan.

McKay holds a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Mississippi State University. He and his wife Nancy will be based in Houston.

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