Today BP announced it will appoint Richard Herbert as its new head of exploration. The current head Mike Daly has chosen to retire from BP at the end of 2013 after a career of 28 years with BP, eight of which leading BP’s exploration function. Herbert will rejoin BP from the Canadian based Talisman Energy where he held the position of Executive Vice President, Exploration since 2009.
Herbert’s other posts include six years with TNK-BP in Russia, serving first as Vice President Exploration and then Executive Vice President Technology. Herbert had a 19 year career with BP prior to TNK-BP. Starting at BP as an exploration geologist in 1984, he went on to a number of senior technical and leadership positions worldwide, most notably BP’s Angolan business and then the Wytch Farm oilfield in the UK.
The outgoing head- Mike Daly has led BP’s exploration function for eight years. Under his leadership BP has accessed new deepwater exploration positions, in Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Libya, as well as deepening existing positions in the Gulf of Mexico and Egypt. He also led BP during negotiations for the Rumaila field in Iraq and Canadian oil sands.
Starting his early career as a field geologist, Daly joined BP in 1986. After a series of functional and leadership roles, he became BP’s regional president for Middle East and South Asia in 2000, then appointed head of exploration and access in 2006 for BP.
Herbert will rejoin BP at the end of October, and will be based in London, reporting to Lamar McKay, BP’s chief executive, Upstream.Last updated on 03:24PM - 11/07/14