John Browne: Global Green Oilman

Global Green Oilman

It is not every chief executive who, after meeting with non-governmental organizations, complains that they should have challenged him more effectively. And it is certainly not every oilman who would speak at a conference, which I chaired, organized by Greenpeace, shortly after the environmental group had stormed one of his offshore platforms. Yet while he may not always look or act the part, John Browne is an oilman's oilman. He became CEO of British Petroleum (BP) in 1995, and since then he has absorbed Amoco (1998), ARCO (1999) and Burmah Castrol (2000) while driving his company into Russia. BP is now...

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