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BP boss Bob Dudley eyes exit within a year - report

American-born Dudley was appointed chief executive in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010

BP PLC chief exec Bob Dudley
Bob Dudley, BP chief executive

BP PLC (LON:BP.) boss Bob Dudley could be replaced with a year by exploration and production chief Bernard Looney, according to weekend reports.

American-born Dudley, who was appointed chief executive in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, could leave the role by this time next year, Sky News reported.

READ: Deepwater Horizon is still costing BP billions every year, but its colossal cash generation means it doesn’t really matter

Irishman Looney, who has run the FTSE 100 group’s Upstream business for as long as Dudley has been CEO, is commonly thought of as the most likely new internal candidate for CEO, along with chief financial officer Brian Gilvary.

Dudley, who was previously in charge of the oil behemoth’s Russian unit, took the reins at BP from Tony Hayward shortly after the Gulf of Mexico disaster, which has cost BP around US$70bn in fines, legal bills, compensation and clean-up costs.

In dealing with the Deepwater Horizon fallout he has sold assets and moved into new markets, while managing to continue paying a dividend for all but a few months.

Recent deals have included snapping up BHP's acquiring petroleum assets for US$10.5bn and selling its Alaska operations to Hilcorp Energy for $5.6bn.

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