For the past 18 months I've been based here in Houston, where I lead BP's Deepwater Development Business. For those of you familiar with our deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM) portfolio, you will appreciate that this is a marvelous time to occupy my position. Indeed one might question whether in the company's long history, there has ever been such an exciting period of concentrated production growth, with no fewer than five multibillion dollar, technologically demanding projects starting up over a period of 18 months. It is both an awesome responsibility and a privilege to be leading that effort.

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