Former BP Executive John Buchanan Dies at 72, BHP Billiton Says

John Buchanan
John Buchanan, former chief financial officer of British Petroleum. Source: BP via Bloomberg

Former BP Plc Chief Financial Officer John Buchanan has died at the age of 72, according to BHP Billiton Ltd., the mining company at which he served as a director.

New Zealand-born Buchanan spent a 32-year career at BP, serving as its top finance executive between 1996 and 2002 and previously as chief operating officer of its chemicals division, according to a profile on BHP’s website.

The executive was appointed to BHP’s board in 2003, the Melbourne-based mining company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Buchanan had “made an invaluable contribution,” BHP Chairman Jac Nasser said. “We have lost a highly respected and esteemed colleague who was greatly admired by those who worked with him.”

Last January, Cambridge, England-based chip designer ARM Holdings Plc said Buchanan was stepping down as its chairman due to a medical condition, though it didn’t give details. BHP didn’t disclose the circumstances of Buchanan’s death on Monday.

BP didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment placed to its London headquarters outside regular office hours.

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