BP has hired GlaxoSmith-Kline’s (GSK) rated general counsel Rupert Bondy as it prepares for the imminent retirement of current legal chief Peter Bevan.
After a 38-year career in BP’s legal group, Bevan is preparing to retire at the end of April. He will hand over to Bondy, who will join BP in March, but he will officially start his first day as BP group general counsel on 1 May.
Bevan joined BP in 1970, working initially as a lawyer in BP Chemicals. Twenty two years later he became group general counsel and in 1998 Bevan was appointed an executive vice-president of BP.
In an internal memo to BP staff seen by The Lawyer, group chief executive Tony Hayward said: “[Bevan] has been intimately involved in all our major corporate and business activity and has played a major part in shaping the group at BP. Over this period the executive team and many other colleagues across BP have come to rely and respect his deep judgement and practical approach.”
Bondy joined SmithKline Beecham as senior counsel for corporate in 1995 from Lovells, becoming general counsel six years later. Smith- Kline Beecham merged with Glaxo Wellcome in 2000.
In a separate memo announcing Bondy’s arrival at BP, Hayward said: “Rupert brings to BP an outstanding track record and long experience as a senior corporate lawyer. He will be a significant asset, both to me and the team.”
Bondy’s move is not the only link between the two companies. BP non-executive director Sir Ian Prosser is also a non-executive director at GSK.