Friday, May 04, 2007

Bp Texas city - managers + supervisor blamed

According to a number of news articles, including one in the Denver Post by Juan A. Lozano on 5 May 2007.

An internal report by BP PLC about its deadly 2005 Texas City plant explosion recommended that four executives and managers be fired for failing to perform their jobs and demonstrating poor judgment.

Accountability of John Manzoni, BP's top refinery executive, should be reviewed by the company after he "failed to implement his duties" and didn't "carry out his responsibilities."

The February report singled out four managers who "failed to perform their management accountabilities in significant ways": Mike Hoffman, BP's group vice president for refining and marketing; Pat Gower, U.S. refining vice president; Don Parus, the Texas City refinery manager; and Willie Willis, a plant supervisor.

Hoffman has resigned. The others are still employed by the company, according to the report.

Interestingly, according to an article by Ed Crooks and Sheila McNulty on 4 May 2007 in the Financial Times

New BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward wants to slow the rapid circulation of BP managers. Since 2000, it has been common for BP managers to stay only 18-24 months in their jobs; Mr Hayward wants to raise that to three to four years.

Also, he wants BP to employ fewer contractors and bring more activities in house.

Andy Brazier

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