By SELINA WILLIAMS
LONDON -- BP said Tuesday that Bob Fryar will become its new
head of safety and operational risk, reporting directly to CEO
Mr. Fryar, who is executive vice president for production in
BP's upstream business, will take up his new position from Feb.
He will take over from Mark Bly, who has headed BP's safety
functions since March 2008 and who plans to retire from BP in
"Bob Fryar's deep technical expertise, profound knowledge of
our operations and commitment to our values will serve him well
in his new role on my executive team," said Mr. Dudley.
The role includes oversight for security, which is headed by
The retirement of Mr. Bly and appointment of Mr. Fryar
aren't connected to the recent attack by Islamist militants on
the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria that is run by a partnership
of BP, Norway's Statoil and Algerian state oil company
Sonatrach, a spokesman said.
Following the attack, which left at least 37 foreigners
dead, BP said it would keep the security situation under close
review across the region.
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