Friday, June 4, 2010
BP’s Tony Hayward, arguably the most toxic CEO in corporate history, has retreated to where from whence he came — the safety of that island nation called Britain, handing responsibility for the leaking well and clean-up to Bob Dudley.
Dudley, a U.S. citizen, has been looking for a new role at BP ever since he was tossed out of Moscow in a battle with the Russian shareholders of the TNK-BP joint venture in the middle of 2008.
Hayward issued a pithy and delusional statement regarding his sudden departure:
“Everyone at BP is heartbroken by this event, by the loss of life and by the damage to the environment and to the livelihoods of the people of the Gulf coast. It should not have happened and we are bound and determined to learn every lesson to try and ensure it never happens again. We will stand by our obligations. We will halt this spill and put right the damage that has been done. We will rebuild the confidence of the American people and the world in BP.”
Don’t bet the pork pie on it, pal.
Here’s a few examples of Tony Hayward’s verbal diarrhea to remember him by:
“This was not our accident. This was Transocean’s rig. Their systems. Their people. Their equipment.”
“The Gulf of Mexico is a big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.”
“No one wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.”
“So far I’m unscathed. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”