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As BP Restructuring Continues, Incoming CEO Establishes New Safety And Risk Unit

Andy Inglis, a managing director of the BP Group, has been fired. Since 2007, he was the company's Head of Exploration & Production, responsible for oil rigs like the Deepwater Horizon.

According to NPR's Jeff Brady, the move is part of incoming CEO Bob Dudley's plans to restructure the company, overhauling leadership and incentives. He has said he wants BP to focus more on safety.

"This is a deeply challenging time for BP," Dudley said in a statement. "The Macondo incident was a tragedy that claimed the lives of 11 people, caused injury to many others and had a widespread environmental impact."

Our response to the incident needs to go beyond deepwater drilling. There are lessons for us relating to the way we operate, the way we organise our company and the way we manage risk.

Dudley, whose tenure as BP's CEO begins on Friday, Oct. 1, is also creating a new safety division that will have its own expert staff and the authority to intervene in the company's technical activities, Brady reports.

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David Gura
Based in New York, David Gura is a correspondent on NPR's business desk. His stories are broadcast on NPR's newsmagazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and he regularly guest hosts 1A, a co-production of NPR and WAMU.
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