14 John Browne had asked the High Court to prevent the Mail on Sunday from

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14 John Browne had asked the High Court to prevent the Mail on Sunday from reporting on his partnership and took the legal battle all the way to the House of Lords, which eventually refused him permission to appeal. The judges said the newspaper could write about the alleged misuse of BP resources in support of his partner, which “included his ‘personal use, with the claimant’s knowledge and permission, of BP’s comp uters, and of its support staff; the involvement of BP personnel in setting up and eventually winding up a company created by the claimant for [Mr. Chevalier] to run’; and ‘the use of a senior BP employee to run a personal errand for the claimant by delivering cash’ to Mr. Chevalier.” 15 The unfortunate situation was followed by crisis meetings at the London headquarters, which caused John Browne to resign with immediate effect. BP said “it accepted Lord Browne’s resignation with the ‘deepest regret’” and announced that “the chief executive would lose his entitlement to a leaving package worth £3.5 million and a potential £12 million in shares.” Allegations from Lord Browne’s ex- boyfriend Jeff Chevalier suggested he had acted against BP’s official code of cond uct for employees. Brown denied the allegations, but found it necessary to withdraw from his position. He 12 Alan Cowell, John Browne steps down abruptly from BP, The New York Times, May 1, 2007. 13 BBC News. BP's Browne to stand down in July, January 12, 2007. 14 Ian Cobain and Clare Dyer, BP's Browne quits over lie to court about private life, The Guardian, May 1, 2007. 15 Joshua Rozenberg, Lord Browne resigns after revelations he lied in court about gay lover, The Telegraph, May 1, 2007. 714-017-1 Please note that you are not permitted to reproduce or redistribute it for any other purpose. You are permitted to view the material on-line and print a copy for your personal use until 24-Mar-2021. Purchased for use by Alan Owen on 24-Mar-2020. Order ref F378754. Educational material supplied by The Case Centre Copyright encoded A76HM-JUJ9K-PJMN9I Order reference F378754
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7 resigned from BP and the Head of Exploration and Production, Tony Hayward, became the new Group Chief Executive. THE SHIFT AT THE HELM Hayward joined BP in 1982, taking his first job as a rig geologist in Aberdeen. From there he quickly rose through a series of technical and commercial roles in BP Exploration in London, Aberdeen, France, China and Glasgow and ended as John Browne’s Executive Assistant in 1990. Rotating through a series of positions within BP Exploration in various parts of the world, Hayward became BP Group Treasurer in 2000, an Executive Vice President in April 2002 and Chief Executive of Exploration and Production in 2003. In Decembe r 2006 shortly before Lord Browne resigned, Hayward criticized BP’s management at an internal management meeting stating that: "We have a leadership style that is too directive and doesn't listen sufficiently well. The top of the organisation doesn't listen sufficiently to what the bottom is saying." 16 After Tony Hayward replaced John Browne he shifted the corporate emphasis from alternative energy to a focus on safety, which henceforth became the company's first priority.
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