BP Pulls Hayward From Spill Duties

Chairman says he'll deal with media more
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2010 12:55 PM CDT
BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies during a House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill, on Capitol Hill, June 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – 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."

“This has now turned into a reputation matter … and that is why you will now see more of me,” he said, explaining that he was better equipped to deal with the political ramifications of the spill. “This is now turning to a different type of crisis, that is where I come in.”

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