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Bernard Looney, CEO of BP, speaks throughout the 2023 CERAWeek by S&P Global convention in Houston, March 7, 2023.
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Bernard Looney took over as CEO of BP in 2020 after beforehand main the corporate’s Upstream group. When the transfer was announced, board chair Helge Lund praised Looney as the fitting selection to guide BP into an period of power transition.
U.S.-traded shares of BP have been up a fraction throughout mid-afternoon buying and selling Tuesday, giving again nearly all of an earlier 2.9% rally.
How shares of BP reacted to a report that CEO Bernard Looney resigned.
Looney took over the position close to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a pointy sell-off for power shares, together with BP. The U.S.-traded shares of the corporate are roughly flat since January 2020.
The firm’s most up-to-date quarterly report confirmed a pointy drop in revenue, as oil costs had declined since 2022. BP did nonetheless hike its dividend and authorize a inventory buyback.
BP additionally confronted strain from activists and shareholders earlier this yr after rolling back a few of its emission discount targets.
Looney advised CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Aug. 1 that the change in targets was due partly to power safety considerations that arose final yr. He stated the corporate had additionally elevated its spending on renewables and was pursuing an “and, not or” technique in reference to power manufacturing sources.
“We consider that is what the world wants, and we consider that is what’s good for our shareholders,” Looney stated.
The firm didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.