HOUSTON, June 23 (Xinhua) -- British oil major BP said Wednesday it has replaced its much-criticized chief executive Tony Hayward with U.S. national Bob Dudley as head of the company's Gulf oil spill response team.
Hayward has handed over management of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Dudley, managing director of BP, "effective immediately", BP said in a statement.
Under the new structure, BP's response activities, which are centered in the Unified Command with the Coast Guard in New Orleans, will report directly to Dudley, the statement said.
Dudley, who grew up in Mississippi, has a deep appreciation and affinity for the Gulf Coast, and believes deeply in BP's commitment to restore the region," said Hayward.
The new organization will be responsible for executing oil clean-up operations, coordinating with U.S. officials, implementing the 20 billion dollars third-party claim fund, and evaluating the spill's impact on the environment.
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