Update 3: Talk About..
The wiki bio on Mr Hayward relates that he was “Chief Executive of exploration and production in January 2003.”
This undoubtedly tipped him for the top job. Along the way affording him claim to improve operational safety matters, which the US Minerals authorites and others will recognise were still occurring as late as 2005/2006. Using beneficial benefit-of-the-doubt criteria we could reasonably expect that Mr Hayward created whatever safety culture the BP explorers and producers have today.
That said, a NYTImes story in April reported:—
Last year, when the federal Minerals Management Service proposed a rule that would have required companies to have their safety and environmental management programs audited once every three years, BP and other companies objected.
Form here it looks like big corporate voluntary regulation deals amount to buck-saving squeals.
The call now is for new deal