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LONDON (Reuters) – BP (BP.L) on Friday appointed head of upstream Bernard Looney as chief executive to succeed Bob Dudley when he retires subsequent year after leading the oil and gas firm encourage to express from near give map in 2010.

FILE PHOTO: Bob Dudley, Neighborhood Chief Govt, BP, speaks at the 2019 Milken Institute World Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File List

Looney, 49, took price of BP’s oil and gas manufacturing, or upstream operations, in 2016 as the field grappled with the aftermath of the 2014 give map in oil costs.

The Irishman’s energetic administration vogue became as soon as hasty felt as he spearheaded BP’s force to reinforce efficiency thru price lowering and digitalization.

He has led BP thru one amongst its intervals of fastest express in oil and gas manufacturing, with output rising up by spherical 20% since 2016 with the launch of extra than 20 recent predominant projects spherical the globe and the acquisition of BHP’s portfolio of U.S. shale resources this year for $10.5 billion in BP’s ideal deal in three a long time.

As CEO, he will seemingly be charged with persevering with to adapt BP to the transition to diminish carbon power as stress from investors to meet local climate substitute targets grow.

“Bernard is a fantastic chance to e-book the firm subsequent,” Dudley, who became 64 last month, said in an announcement.

“He is aware of BP and our substitute to boot to any person nonetheless is creative and no longer lumber by dilapidated systems of working. I essentially possess indubitably that he will thoughtfully lead BP thru the transition to a low carbon future.”

NEAR BUST TO BOOM

Dudley will step down as CEO after the firm’s paunchy-year outcomes on February 4 2020 and must always retire on March 31, BP said.

He became as soon as appointed to the pinnacle job in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dudley led the firm thru near-economic extinguish after it caused the ideal oil spill in U.S. history and thru an oil set apart smash four years later.

Preparations for Dudley’s departure were accelerated after Helge Lund became BP chairman in January with a mandate to supervise succession plans.

Dudley succeeded Tony Hayward who stepped down in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that left 11 rig employees uninteresting.

He has had to navigate an infinite asset disposal to pay for extra than $60 billion in litigation and clear-up costs adopted by a landmark settlement with U.S. authorities.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of BP is considered at a petroleum put in Kloten, Switzerland October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File List

He has also overseen BP’s efforts to address rising investor stress to meet targets beneath the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to fight local climate substitute by investing in renewable power and lowering BP’s carbon emissions.

“Because the firm charts its course thru the ability transition that is a logical time for a substitute,” Lund said in an announcement.

Dudley has loved overwhelming enhance from investors at BP’s annual overall meetings, nevertheless a majority of shareholders antagonistic his 2016 pay package, forcing the firm to gash it by 40%.

Extra reporting by Muvija M in Bengaluru; editing by Bernard Orr and Jason Neely