Tony Hayward Out as BP’s Gulf Disaster Point Man
June 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After BP’s CEO Tony Hayward now-infamously whined: “I would like my life back,” as images of oil-coated dead wildlife and an underwater spill cam showing millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf waters dominated the media, he never really regained his public relations footing. Subjected to well-deserved scorn and mockery, since his remark, Hayward left the congressional hearing yesterday, as an even more despicable figure, after an afternoon of comically evasive responses to lawmakers’ grilling. Now, BP’s chairman of the board, Carl-Henric Svanberg has removed Hayward, as the public face of the Gulf oil disaster in the United States and has dispatched the much-hated CEO to a destination unknown, out of the public eye.
Carl-Henric Svanberg made his announcement of Hayward’s removal during an interview with the UK’s Sky News, saying he was turning “over the operation to Bob Dudley,” BP’s managing director.
Svanberg declined to provide Hayward with a vote of confidence, suggesting the CEO is on his way out and about to get his wish for more free time.
“It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people,” said Svanberg.
The company chairman also said that he would be taking a more public role in dealing with the Gulf disaster. “This has now turned into a reputation matter, a financial squeeze for BP and a political matter and that is why you will now see more of me,” he said.
Svanberg described the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, “a low probability accident with very high consequences.”
“This incident is a tragic one and something that should never have happened,” added Svanberg
Source: Sky News