CEO of BP (1995 -2007)
Former UK Chairman of Huawei Technologies
Crossbench peer in the House of Lords, author of the Browne Review on the future of Higher Education
Lord John Browne is a British businessman best known for his time as CEO of BP. His tenure there (1995 to 2007) has been described as the company’s ‘golden period of expansion and diversification’. Lord Browne was also UK Chairman of Huawei Technologies, spending five years as the company’s first independent chairman.
Lord Browne was responsible for making BP one of the world’s most successful oil companies following the merger of BP and Amoco. He also repositioned BP as a green oil company, through investment in renewable sources of energy and re-branding the company as Beyond Petroleum.
His highly successful time at BP has made Lord Browne a highly coveted figure in organisational review. He was the leading author of the Browne Review into the funding of Higher Education in the UK. The review proposed sweeping changes to university funding and is the basis of the government’s present plans for higher education.
Lord Browne was the key appointment to the Huawei UK board in 2015. He was an early advocate of the Chinese company’s technology and saw his role as helping Huawei navigate British business culture. He chose to step down six months early from his role after fraying British-Chinese relations led to the UK government rejecting the use of Huawei technology in its 5G rollout.
Lord Browne is currently Executive Chairman of L1, an international energy investment business, and sits on the board of the Royal Opera House.
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