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BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has told Sky's Jeff Randall that embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is to have a changed role in dealing with the oil spill.
Asked by Randall about Mr Hayward's ongoing role, Mr Svanberg said: "He is now handing over the operation to Bob Dudley."
Robert Dudley has been the managing director of the oil firm since 2009, and prior to the appointment he was president and chief executive of TNK-BP, Russia's third largest oil and gas company.
Mr Svanberg also told Randall that comments by Mr Hayward have had detrimental effects as the company seeks to control the fallout from the disaster.
"It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people," Mr Svanberg said.
Mr Svanberg, whose background is in telecommunications, will now expand his own involvement.
"This has now turned into a reputation matter, a financial squeeze for BP and a political matter and that is why you will now see more of me," Mr Svanberg said.
On Wednesday, Mr Svanberg was called into a 25-minute, one-on-one meeting with US President Barack Obama over BP's response to the April accident.
"As this is now turning to a different type of crisis, that is where I come in," he said.