Not satisfied with being the most self-centered, tone deaf, and incompetent CEO in recent memory, Tony Hayward is now vying for the title of worst former CEO.
Back in July the yachting multimillionaire revealed he remained a proud, deluded whiner, when he said, “I think BP’s response to this tragedy has been a model of good social corporate responsibility” and I “was demonised and vilified…. life isn’t fair … sometimes you step off the pavement and get hit by a bus”!
Yes, sometimes you get hit by a bus “” or at least get a $17 million pension and another high-priced job after the worst CEO performance imaginable “” and sometimes your recklessness, arrogance, and hubris causes the death of 11 people, devastates a major ecosystem, and ruins the livelihoods of thousands of people.
But rather than ever realizing that this entire disaster could have been avoided had he been a more competent CEO — or more competent at his previous job when he was head of exploration and production for BP — he now thinks what he most needed was acting lessons, as Brad Johnson reports:
BP’s former CEO, Tony Hayward, blames public scrutiny for his dismissal from the leadership of the oil company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In an interview with the BBC to be televised this evening, the erstwhile chief complained about an “enormous feeding frenzy” from the media. Hayward famously complained in May that he wanted his life back and promised that “the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest,” leading him to be pilloried by everyone from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) to South Park. In the interview, he expressed anger about criticism for going yachting with his son, and reiterated that his only fault was his poor handling of the media: “If I had done a degree at Rada [The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] rather than a degree in geology, I may have done better, but I’m not certain it would’ve changed the outcome. But certainly the perception of myself may have been different.”
Uhh, Tony, if you’d have gotten a degree in acting rather than geology, you’d probably never have ended up at BP, and the only thing you would have been able ruin it is a performance of Shakespeare.
Hayward argued that the “full glare of the media” made “some extraordinary engineering” look like “fumbling and incompetence.” “We were completely overrun” by a flood of news cameras that spread over the coast and smothered BP’s reputation, he said, “and just not prepared to deal with the intensity of the media scrutiny.”
Hayward told the BBC he was was confident that if BP had stopped the gusher in early June “” after 11 men had been killed and 100 million gallons of oil had already spewed into the Gulf of Mexico and devastated the ocean “” he would still be the CEO.
Why does BP let this man talk to the media? What was the point of keeping him on staff and sending him to Russia?