Lord (John) Browne

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Former CEO, BP

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John Browne transformed BP from a two pipeline player into one of the world’s biggest companies. In doing so he pulled off huge mergers, challenged the industry status quo and became the first oil CEO to acknowledge the risks posed by climate change. He has since written on business strategy, homophobia and the natural elements that shape our lives. In his speeches Browne considers how we can ensure that business is a powerful force for good.


Lord Browne is the former Group Chief Executive of BP. He led the company towards becoming a global energy player with a strategy of expansion, acquisition and diversification including the merger with Amoco and the establishment of Russian business TNK-BP.

Joining BP in as a university apprentice, Lord Browne held a variety of exploration and production posts in Anchorage, New York, San Francisco, London and Canada. He then became Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of BP Finance International. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Standard Oil Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Following the BP/Standard merger, in addition to his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BP America, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Standard Oil Production Company. John later became MD and CEO of BP Exploration in London, joined the Board of The British Petroleum Company plc before being appointed Group Chief Executive. Following the merger of BP and Amoco, he became Group Chief Executive of BP Amoco.

After leaving BP, Lord Browne served as MD of private equity company Riverstone, and as a non-executive director of the Intel Corporation and of Goldman Sachs, as a trustee of The British Museum, a member of the Governing Body of the London Business School and a member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler.

The first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to be openly gay, John has led calls for increased diversity and inclusion at board level and throughout business and has written a book on the subject, The Glass Closet - Why Coming Out is Good Business. He has also written on subjects from engineering to the world-changing effects of minerals, as well as titles including Connect: How Companies Succeed By Engaging Radically With Society and Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir From a Remarkable Leader.

Lord Brown is also Emeritus Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a trustee of the Conference Board, Inc, a Vice President and Member of the Board of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, and a former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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