"A Personal Journey - From Hero to Zero and Back"
Current position - CEO
Company - Genel Energy
Tony Hayward studied geology at Aston University in Birmingham and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University.
He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010 having joined BP in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea. Following a series of technical and commercial roles in Europe, Asia and South America, he returned to London in 1997 as a member of the Upstream Executive Committee. He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP’s upstream activities and member of the Main Board of BP in 2003.
In June 2011 Tony founded Vallares plc, a $2.2 bn acquisition company listed on the London Stock Exchange, He became Chief Executive of Genel Energy plc in November 2011 following the merger of Vallares plc and Genel Energy International, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
He is the Senior Independent Director of Glencore International AG, a Partner of AEA Investors and a Member of the Advisory Board of Numis. Tony is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a visiting Professor in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.
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