BP appoints new head of exploration

BP named Richard Herbert as its new head of exploration. Herbert will succeed Mike Daly who has chosen to retire from BP at the end of 2013 after a career of 28 years with the company, eight leading BP’s exploration function. Herbert will rejoin BP from Talisman Energy where he has held the position of executive vice president (EVP), Exploration since 2009.

BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley said, “I am pleased to welcome Richard back to BP. He brings a wealth of exploration and leadership experience and expertise, gained across the world, which is aligned well with BP’s Upstream and exploration strategy.”

Before joining Talisman, Herbert spent six years with TNK-BP in Russia, serving first as VP Exploration and then EVP Technology. Prior to TNK-BP, Herbert had a 19-year career with BP. He first joined BP as an exploration geologist in 1984 and held a number of senior technical and leadership positions in operations across the world, latterly leading BP’s Angolan business and then the Wytch Farm oilfield in the UK.

Herbert will join BP as the COO, Exploration at the end of October, and will be based in London. He will report to Lamar McKay, BP’s chief executive, Upstream.

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