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As Hayward becomes the new Sir Fred, who will be Bob Dudley’s role model?

Martin Vander Weyer's Any Other Business

Martin Vander Weyer’s Any Other Business

I told you so — and I might even have said it first. ‘Hayward may have to be sacrificed,’ I wrote on 5 June. ‘In that case, the next man in the line of fire could be Bob Dudley, who has the advantage of being an American…’ I might have added that Dudley came into BP (where he takes over as chief executive on 1 October) by way of its 1998 takeover of Amoco, where he was a rising star; and the name Amoco is a contraction of ‘American Oil Company’, making President Obama’s symbolic...

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Martin Vander Weyer
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Martin Vander Weyer is business editor of The Spectator. He writes the weekly Any Other Business column.

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