07/26/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
New Orleans – BP CEO Tony Hayward is reportedly stepping down from his position. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a senior U.S. official stated on Sunday that Hayward would be leaving his position as the company’s CEO; however, an official announcement has not yet been made about the leadership change, or potential replacements.
Hayward has made several comments in the weeks following the offshore drilling rig explosion on April 20, which led to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, that have incensed many who deemed them insensitive to Gulf residents and others impacted by the disaster. As noted in the report, some suggest his leaving may help improve the image of BP.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is quoted by the AP as stating of the change, “I just hope they replace him with somebody who understands the situation, someone who will come down here and see what’s happening on a regular basis, someone who will communicate with us… From the beginning it was obvious this guy was not the leader needed in this crisis.”
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