BERNARD LOONEY Toby Melville Reuters

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Bernard Looney

CEO, BP

Bernard Looney joined BP as CEO in February and has been at the forefront of shifting the focus of the oil major toward less pollution and helping the firm to reduce its emissions even earlier than its official 2050 deadline.

Looney joined BP, in 1991, as a drilling engineer and held various roles in the North Sea, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Mexico. He also worked as a drilling engineer on the giant Thunder Horse field after its discovery, in 1999.

Before taking over as CEO, he was responsible for all of BP's global oil and gas exploration, development and production activities.

Looney has encouraged BP to take the lead in methane-detection methods. He has enabled the company to achieve CO2 emissions of about 3 million tonnes in the past two years.

BP’s portfolio improved substantially after Looney facilitated the acquisition of onshore US assets from BHP Billiton and the company’s access into several countries, including Senegal and Mauritania.

Looney has also been the brainchild of several innovative new business models such as Aker BP in Norway.

In a field traditionally dominated by men, Looney has also encouraged greater gender diversity within the company, with a third of his leadership team being women and along with one third of employees outside the US and UK.

Bernard is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Energy Institute. He also mentors the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Executive Programme.