Last month, BP CEO Tony Hayward further added to his and his company’s public relations problems when he lamented that he wanted the oil crisis to be over so he could return to his privileged life. “There’s no one who wants this over more than I do,” said Hayward. “I would like my life back.” Hayward’s life includes no work on weekends or holidays, triathalons, West Ham football, “[s]ailing through the tropics and skiing in Vail, Colo.” Even though oil continues to gush and BP officials insist that he is still “in charge of all BP operations,” Hayward nevertheless attended a “prestigious yacht race” today:
BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward was spotted attending a prestigious yacht race Saturday, as his company deflects criticism for its handling of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Hayward was spotted by photographers on his yacht, “Bob,” which was competing at the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race off the Isle of Wight.
A BP spokesperson said that Hayward was “spending some time with his teenage son after devoting most of the past two months away from family.” In an interview taped for ABC’s This Week, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called Hayward’s attendance at the race “part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes.”