Robert " Bob" Dudley ( born September 14, 1955 in Queens, New York City ) is an American business manager, board member of BP and former CEO of TNK -BP. On the board position of BP, he was appointed in connection with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 on June 18, 2010. Since 1 October 2010, he is the CEO of BP.
Dudley grew up in Hattiesburg (Mississippi), received a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a master's in management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
In 1979, he joined Amoco. He worked in various positions and led, among other things, negotiation of the South China Sea. From 1994 to 1997 he worked for Amoco in Moscow. He was general manager for strategy. After the acquisition by BP Amoco, he received a similar position at BP. From 2003 to 2008 he was president and chief executive of TNK -BP.
In 2009 he became director of BP and got the oversight of the Company's activities in North and South America and Asia.
In 2010 he was the BP responsible for the organization of work related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is responsible for the clean-up and cleaning work in the Gulf, the cooperation with the authorities, informing the public about the BP activities surrounding the disaster and damage analysis.
On 1 October 2010 Dudley replaced Tony Hayward as CEO from BP.