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    BP names new CEO of US shale unit

    BP plc

    BP has named David Lawler as CEO of its US Lower 48 Onshore business.

    Lawler, who brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the role, will begin Sept. 15 and will report to Lamar McKay, BP’s Upstream Segment chief executive. Lawler takes over just months before BP formally establishes a separate business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets in the continental US.

    Lawler joins BP from SandRidge Energy Inc., where he most recently was executive vice president and COO. Before that, Lawler was the CEO and president of PostRock Energy Corp. He spent the first part of his career working for major integrated oil and gas companies, including Shell for 10 years.

    Lawler began his career as a production engineer with Conoco and later joined Burlington Resources, where he served in drilling engineering and well site leadership positions. He then spent 10 years with Shell Exploration and Production in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including business planning for EP Americas, and engineering and operations manager for the US Gulf Coast business unit.

    He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering, and he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University

    In March, BP announced that in early 2015 it would establish this separate business. BP will continue to own it but Lawler and his leadership team will develop and implement the strategy to expand the company’s crude oil and natural gas liquids portfolio.

    The new business also will have separate governance, processes and systems designed to address the unique operating environment in the onshore industry. BP is expected to begin disclosing separate financials for the business in 2015. It will maintain a rigorous focus on safety, integrity and reliability of the operation. These changes are chiefly intended to materially improve the cash flow of the US Lower 48 Onshore business.

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