Company: BP Exploration Libya
Position: General manager
Biography: Hugh McDowell has been the general manager of BP Exploration Libya since 2008, a period which has seen him call on his skills as a diplomat as much as an oilman. The release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a Scottish jail in 2009 caused international outcry and allegations that BP lobbied to have him freed have led to intense scrutiny of the company’s role in Libya.
The company’s travails in the US’ Gulf of Mexico and subsequent decision to continue deepwater drilling in Libya have also caused much controversy. McDowell started his career as a geoscientist in the 1970s, joining the US’ Amoco, which merged with BP in 1999.
He previously worked as general manager in Azerbaijan and Georgia, where he headed a team tasked with planning new pipelines in the region. BP plans to start drilling for oil off the Gulf of Sirte in either late 2010 or early 2011.
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