Regional President Middle East
Michael Townshend has been with BP for 39 years in roles covering wells, project management, operations, planning, and mergers & acquisitions. Posts have ranged from projects and operations in the Middle East, Caucasus, Turkey, Russia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Australia, UK and the USA.
In 2002 he was CEO of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and managed BP’s onshore business in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. From 2007 he started up BPs operations in Oman, and Iraq, served on the Board of TNK-BP and became President of BP Russia. In 2014 he was appointed BP Regional President for the Middle East.
Michael Townshend holds an honours degree in Engineering and an MBA with distinction.