In April 2020, Alan Haywood became SVP Strategy for BP, leading the work to define the direction and ambition of the company as it transitions major change in the energy industry. This is part of BP’s drive to “net zero” by 2050 or sooner. As of April 2021, he has taken the new role of SVP ESG Transformation.
Alan joined BP in London in 1988 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the Trading business in Europe and the US over more than 25 years. He has also worked in Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust in 1992-1997, trading oil and precious metal financial derivatives.
After being Head of the Group CFO’s Executive Office in 2005-7, Alan became Head of Supply and Trading for BP’s European Oil business, managing trading and supply for Oil as well as global currency trading and interest rate management.
In April 2010, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer Global Gas. In this role, he was responsible for sales of all gas produced by BP and for procuring all gas for BP’s marketing businesses, including LNG.
From 2011-14, Alan was President of Downstream Gas and Head of Commercial Development, with responsibility for the monetisation of gas and the development of strategy and long-term commercial ventures across the supply and trading portfolio.
In November 2014, he took the role of Group Treasurer for BP plc. He was responsible for the central financing of the BP Group, providing liquidity to its businesses and optimising value through the management of financial risks at the group level.
In January 2017 Alan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BP’s global energy trading business. Global energy trading is the commercial face of BP, working in close collaboration with the Group’s Upstream and Downstream businesses, enhancing BP’s value through the application of distinctive supply, trading, risk management and information technology skills – underpinned by a world-class control infrastructure
Alan holds a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.