Former BP chief becomes interim chairman for Swiss firm

Then-BP CEO Tony Hayward appears before a House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. (Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images)

Then-BP CEO Tony Hayward appears before a House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. (Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images)

Former BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward, who raised the ire of Americans for declaring at the heart of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, “I’d like my life back,” has been appointed interim board chairman of a Swiss company that supplies metals, minerals and agricultural products.

Glencore Xstrata said Thursday that Hayward intends to step down as chairman once a permanent chairman is selected.

The company continues to search for a new chairman, and it is consulting with major shareholders as part of the process.

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Hayward stepped down from the helm of BP in October 2010, months after the massive oil spill in the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven rig workers were killed when an undersea well owned by BP blew out and triggered an explosion on the Transocean-owned Deepwater Horizon.

The resulting oil spill was the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

After stepping down from the helm of BP amid a strong backlash from the American public, Hayward was sent off to work for BP’s Russian joint-venture TNK-BP. He later left the company altogether. BP recently sold its stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft. Hayward was replaced as CEO at BP by Bob Dudley, an American with roots in Mississippi.

Hayward is currently  CEO of Genel Energy, an Anglo-Turkish exploration and production company. Last month, the company announced what it described as a major oil discovery in Kurdistan.