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BP CEO Replaced In Role Of Cleanup Oversight
NEW ORLEANS --
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BP will make a major change in its executive ranks as it continues its effort to control a renegade oil well and clean millions of gallons of oil from coastal shores and Gulf waters.
The chairman of the energy giant, Carl-Henric Svanberg, told a British broadcaster Friday that embattled Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward will no longer oversee the operation.
"He is now handing over the operation to (BP Managing Director) Bob Dudley," Svanberg told Sky News.
In the same interview, Svanberg acknowledged that comments made by Hayward have hurt the company, its reputation and its relationship with the people of the Gulf Coast.
Dudley has been somewhat visible as the oil spill story has unfolded over the past two months, representing BP on programs such as NBC's "Meet The Press," but has played a less public role than Hayward and Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles.
Dudley was at the White House earlier this week for a top-level meeting with President Barack Obama and other government leaders. This past Monday, it was Dudley who announced the company was wiring $60 million to Louisiana to begin work on a dredging and sand booming project that Gov. Bobby Jindal has described as a critical step forward.
WDSU New Orleans