BP has finally announced that Tony Hayward is headed to Siberia. It’s fitting that Hayward would be sent to Russia, where he will help manage BP’s joint venture there.
In his place is the first American to ever run BP—Robert Dudley—a steady-spoken Southerner who’s quietly become the BP face in the gulf since he took over that role from Hayward in June. Ironically, Dudley, who grew up in Mississippi, is best-known for being CEO of the Russian business TNK-BP, the very same unit where Hayward is being exiled. There, Dudley performed well until he fled the country in a visa dispute that is said to have been a Kremlin-inspired campaign to destabilize BP there and bring it under more Russian control.
Regardless, here are the things he must try to accomplish: