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31 March, 2014
BP appoints new Chief Scientist
BP today announced the appointment of Dr Angela Strank to the
position of BP Chief Scientist. She succeeds Dr Ellen Williams,
who has been nominated as Director of the Advanced Research
Projects Agency - Energy, in the US Department of Energy.
As Chief Scientist, Dr Strank will be responsible for developing
strategic options to ensure the company can benefit from
developments in science and technology worldwide. She will also
co-ordinate BP’s Technology Advisory Council (TAC) which advises
BP’s executive management on the status of science and
technology within the company. The TAC is chaired by Professor
Dame Ann Dowling, a non-executive director of BP.
Dr Strank will be based in London and will move into the new
role with effect from 1 May, 2014.
Since joining BP as a geologist in 1982, Dr Strank has held a
wide variety of technical and commercial leadership roles in
BP’s upstream and downstream businesses and in its corporate
centre, working in the UK, US, Africa and Asia. Most recently,
for the past two years she has worked directly for BP Group
Chief Executive Bob Dudley, as joint head of his executive
Bob Dudley said: “Angela’s technical expertise and leadership
experience range right across BP’s businesses - from geology and
exploration to tribology and fuel formulation. This gives her a
deep understanding of how science and technology remain central
to all that BP does and I know that Angela will help keep BP at
the forefront of scientific development and its application.”
Dr Strank has a PhD in geology from the University of Manchester
and the Institute of Geological Sciences and has published over
30 scientific papers in a variety of journals.
She is a board governor of the University of Manchester; a
member of the International Advisory Board of the International
Energy Institute, University College, London and a non-executive
director of Severn Trent plc.
In 2010, she was the recipient of the UK’s ‘First Women Award’
for Science and Technology.
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