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Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne
Lord John Browne


Lord Browne joined Riverstone in 2007 and is co-head of Riverstone’s Renewable Energy Funds. Prior to joining Riverstone, he spent 41 years at BP. He joined BP in 1966 and in 1984 he became Group Treasurer. In 1989, he became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BP Exploration based in London. In September 1991, he joined the Board of The British Petroleum Company p.l.c. as a Managing Director. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 1995. Following the merger of BP and Amoco, he became Group Chief Executive of the combined group in December 1998 and remained in this position until May 2007.

He was the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006-2011, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the U.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in August 2007 and Chairman of the Trustees in January 2009. He was the Chairman of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, which published its report in October 2010. He was appointed the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board member in June 2010. He is also Chairman of a variety of advisory boards.

Lord Browne serves on the Boards of Directors of CODA Holdings, Cuadrilla Resources and Fairfield Energy. He was Chairman of the Advisory Board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 to 2007. He was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 to 2006, a Trustee of The British Museum from 1995 to 2005, a member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 to 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 to 1999.

Lord Browne was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 to 2002. He has been awarded 18 honorary degrees. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities. Lord Browne’s memoirs, "Beyond Business", were published in February 2010.

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