Monday 16 October 2017

I was demonised and vilified, claims Hayward

Tony Hayward, chief executive officer of BP, arrives to speak to journalists at the company's headquarters in London on Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg News
Tony Hayward, chief executive officer of BP, arrives to speak to journalists at the company's headquarters in London on Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg News

Outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward yesterday said he was "demonised and vilified" over the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Mr Hayward, who will make way in October for US citizen and fellow board member Bob Dudley, told reporters he had no major regrets about his leadership of the group since 2007 and that his decision to leave was a purely practical one.

He said: "This is a very sad day for me personally.

"Whether it is fair or unfair is not the point. I became the public face (of the disaster) and was demonised and vilified.

"BP cannot move on in the US with me as its leader. . . Life isn't fair."

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