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BP’s CEO quits amide allegations of secret relationships

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BP CEO Bernard Looney has stepped down from his position, lasting less than four years, following allegations of personal relationships with colleagues.

The company made the announcement, stating that BP Chief Financial Officer Murray Auchincloss would serve as interim CEO.

The official statement from BP reads, “BP plc announces that Bernard Looney has notified the Company that he has resigned as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.” The statement further explained that Mr. Looney now acknowledges that he was not fully transparent in previous disclosures, failing to provide details of all his relationships, and accepts his obligation to make more comprehensive disclosures.

BP transformation

Bernard Looney, 53, assumed the role of CEO in February 2020 with a pledge to transform the 114-year-old company, setting ambitious goals for BP to achieve zero net emissions by 2050 and investing substantially in renewable and low-carbon energy.

BP’s recent history under Looney has been marked by challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, an abrupt exit from Russia following the Ukraine invasion, energy price fluctuations, and a global cost-of-living crisis.

Earlier this year, BP revised its plans to reduce hydrocarbon production by 2030, lowering the target from 40% to 25% compared to 2019 levels. This decision was still one of the most significant reductions in oil and gas production among major oil companies this decade.

Profit drop

Despite record profits of $28 billion in 2022, BP’s second-quarter profit in 2023 dropped by 70% compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, BP was able to increase its dividend by 10%.

Looney’s departure comes at a time when BP’s shares have underperformed those of European rival Shell and US counterparts Chevron and Exxon Mobil over the past three years. His 2022 compensation exceeded $12 million due to the company’s substantial profits, while BP’s emissions remained relatively unchanged.

Bernard Looney succeeded Bob Dudley, who led BP through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill aftermath in 2010.

The announcement of Looney’s resignation resulted in a 1% increase in BP shares.

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Nvidia surpasses Microsoft as the most valuable company in the world

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Nvidia has emerged as the world’s most valuable company, surpassing Microsoft with a market value of over $3.3 trillion.

This shift comes on the heels of Nvidia’s consistent growth in the semiconductor sector and its strategic advancements in artificial intelligence and gaming technologies.

This milestone marks a significant validation of Nvidia’s aggressive expansion and innovation strategies under CEO Jensen Huang, who has steered the company towards dominance in high-performance computing.

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Finance expert empowers his social audience with accessible wealth tips

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The right strategy can change the game for your financial freedom. Meet the advisor making his tips accessible to all.

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by James Wrigley, Financial Advisor at First Financial. #wyld money #trending

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It takes a village: coordinated financial teams prove paramount to maximising wealth

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The pursuit of wealth is often faced by significant challenges including debt, lifestyle costs, and burnout – so what methods can help overcome these challenges?

Maximising financial opportunities involves a suite of tasks, from leveraging favourable loan rates, strategic tax planning, and coordinated financial advising.

Mark Wyld from MW Wealth joins to discuss more. #featured

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