Lamar McKayChairman and President, BP America, Inc.
Education: McKay received a degree in Petroleum Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from Mississippi State University.
Career: Lamar McKay’s career with BP and Amoco spans 29 years, starting as a petroleum engineer with Amoco Production Company in 1980. He has broad experience across the energy business, working in operational, commercial and M&A roles, both in the US and internationally.
Prior to assuming his current position, McKay was Executive Vice President, BP plc Special Projects, focusing on Russia and reporting directly to BP CEO Tony Hayward. At the same time, he also joined the BP Group’s Executive Management Team.
Building on his extensive experience in Russia and Kazakhstan, for which he served as Group Vice President earlier in the decade, McKay led efforts to resolve a series of ongoing disputes between BP, BP’s Russian partners AAR and the Russian Federation. His leadership created a new governance structure for TNK-BP, the company’s joint venture in Russia, allowing BP to continue moving forward in this major market.
A year before going to Russia in early 2008, McKay arrived in Houston to assume the role of Senior Group Vice President BP plc. and EVP, BP America.
During his career, McKay has led upstream production businesses in the Arkoma Basin, the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea. After working on the BP-Amoco merger, he led BP’s worldwide exploration and production strategy efforts followed by a posting as chief of staff for the company’s global exploration and production business. He also served as Chief of Staff for the BP Deputy Group Chief Executive.
Mr. McKay and his wife Nancy are based in Houston, where BP business units are involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, and alternative energy.