BP Chairman Removes BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward from Gulf Oil Spill Duties

Looks as though Tony Hayward’s getting his life back after all.

The BP CEO is handing over operations in the Gulf of Mexico to managing director Bob Dudley and heading back to England, at least for a while, chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg tells Sky News. Hayward probably won’t be talking to the media as much anymore, either. “It is clear Tony has made remarks that have upset people,” said Svanberg, who has made headlines himself by saying the company cares about "the small people."

BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has told Sky News that embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is to have a changed role in dealing with the oil spill.

The revelation came as BP denied claims from one of its partners that its handling of the Gulf of Mexico leak amounted to "gross negligence".
Anadarko Petroleum said BP's behaviour in the run-up to the disaster was "reckless".