Murray Auchincloss confirmed as bp CEO

On 17 January bp announced that the bp board had appointed Murray Auchincloss as bp chief executive officer (CEO) with immediate effect. He had been interim CEO since September 2023. 

Murray’s appointment was made following a robust and competitive search process, carried out by the board over the previous four months with support from international search advisers. This included detailed consideration of a range of candidates, including some 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 said: “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.”

Before becoming interim CEO 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.

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