LONDON—BP has appointed Peter Henshaw, currently head of government affairs at British gas producer BG Group, as its new senior corporate communications professional. Henshaw worked with new BP chief executive Bob Dudley as head of communications at its Russian joint venture TNK-BP and spent almost 30 years with BP in a variety of legal and communications roles.
Henshaw is currently general manager of government and public affairs at BG Group. In addition to spending five years as vice president of communications and public affairs at TNK-BP, where Dudley was president and CEO. A lawyer by training, he earlier held senior positions with BP in Australia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
The company is also expected to appoint a new head of media relations to replace Andrew Gowers, the former Financial Times editor who left the company in November, a couple of months after the resignation of the previous chief executive Tony Hayward stepped down, primarily as a result of the company’s botched response to the Gulf oil spill. Gowers’ position is expected to be filled internally, perhaps by David Nicholas, current deputy head of media relations.
Henshaw is expected to start work in February.