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Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne
Group Chief Executive of BP P.L.C

Lord Browne is the driving force behind British Petroleum’s innovative environmental initiatives and serves as group chief executive. His 38-year history at BP started in 1966 as a university apprentice. He holds a degree in physics from Cambridge University and an MS in business from Stanford University. Lord Browne has also been awarded several honorary doctorates and numerous fellowships from institutions around the world, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Petroleum, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 1989, he became managing director and chief executive officer of BP Exploration, joined the Board of The British Petroleum Company p.l.c. as a managing director in 1991, and was appointed group chief executive in 1995. Following the merger of BP and Amoco, he became group chief executive of BP Amoco in 1998.

Lord Browne has held leadership positions at the Intel Corporation, Goldman Sachs, The British Museum, DaimlerChrysler AG, SmithKline Beecham, the International Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, the Advisory Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Cambridge University Foundation, and the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors. He has served on the boards of Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer, and Catalyst and is a member of the British American Business Inc. He is an honorary trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an honorary counselor of the Conference Board, Inc., and a vice president of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.

Lord Browne, the 2004 recipient of the Botwinick Prize in Ethics, has also been honored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Stanford Business School Alumni, Management Today, and British American Business Inc. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.


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