Anthony Bryan Hayward

Anthony Bryan Hayward

Date of Birth: 21.05.1957
Country: Great Britain

  1. Anthony Bryan Hayward - CEO, BP
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Professional Career
  4. Leadership at BP
  5. Role in TNK-BP
  6. Later Career and Personal Life

Anthony Bryan Hayward - CEO, BP

Anthony Bryan Hayward, commonly known as Tony Hayward, is a British businessman who has served as the CEO of BP, a multinational oil and gas company, since 2007. He began his career at BP in 1982 as a geologist and has worked in various roles across different countries.

Anthony Bryan Hayward

Early Life and Education

Hayward was born on May 21, 1957, in the United Kingdom. He grew up in a large family and attended school near Windsor, where he developed a passion for sports. Hayward initially enrolled at the University of Birmingham to play for their football team but later developed an interest in geology. He successfully completed his geological studies in 1979 and obtained a doctorate in Geological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh in 1982.

Anthony Bryan Hayward

Professional Career

In the same year, Hayward received multiple job offers from oil companies, including Mobil. However, he was ultimately persuaded by David Jenkins, the chief geologist of British Petroleum, to join BP. He started working as a geologist on an oil platform in the British sector of the North Sea in 1982. Over the years, Hayward explored oil and gas reserves in countries such as France, China (in the Sichuan Basin), Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, and Venezuela while working for BP.

Anthony Bryan Hayward

In 1988, after BP acquired assets from Britoil, Hayward became responsible for evaluating reserves and developing strategies for oil field developments in the North Sea. He was appointed as the president of oil production in Venezuela in September 1995 before returning to London in August 1997 to become the director of BP's exploration department. In 1999, he became the vice-president of BP Amoco Exploration and Production.

Anthony Bryan Hayward

Leadership at BP

Hayward's career at BP continued to progress, and in 2000, he was appointed as the group's chief treasurer, overseeing business assets, including oil field developments in Azerbaijan. In late 2002, he became the executive vice-president of BP and the chief of exploration and production. During this time, Hayward played a crucial role in the sale of a 7% stake in Lukoil and the acquisition of additional shares in the Russian company Rusia Petroleum, which later became part of TNK-BP.

Anthony Bryan Hayward

Hayward was considered a likely successor to BP's CEO, John Brown, as early as 2003. However, it was not until January 2007 that it was announced that Brown would step down early, and Hayward would take over as CEO in May of the same year. As CEO, Hayward implemented various measures to improve BP's operations, including reducing the number of top-level executives, increasing on-site engineers, and enhancing the company's organizational structure.

Role in TNK-BP

Throughout his tenure at BP, Hayward also served as a representative of the company on the board of directors of TNK-BP, a joint venture between BP and a consortium of Russian companies. In 2007, Russian shareholders expressed their intention to buy BP's stake in TNK-BP, leading to a series of conflicts and negotiations. However, no agreement was reached, and Hayward continued to represent BP on the board until his departure.

Later Career and Personal Life

After leaving BP, Hayward served as a non-executive director for various companies, including Corus Group and Tata Steel. He currently resides in London and is the honorary president of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. Hayward is married to Maureen Hayward, and they have two children, Kieran and Tara. Outside of work, he enjoys sailing, football, rugby, and cricket.