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Lord John Browne

Chairman of L1 Energy & Acclaimed Author of 7 Elements That Changed the World

Lord John Browne shares rare and valuable perspectives as a former CEO of one of the most recognized and influential companies in history. His story encompasses the insights gained as he transformed a national company, challenged a global industry, and prompted political and business leaders to change the way they think about business, the environment, and corporate responsibility. Browne also discusses the “economics” of equal rights in the corporate landscape, exploring how fostering a workplace that encourages openness, tolerance, and respect can ultimately, and significantly, bolster business performance—from productivity to profitability.

BIO

  •  As the former CEO of BP from 1995-2007, Browne is one of the most recognized and influential business leaders in the world
  • He is an internationally renowned visionary on issues of climate change, human rights, and corporate transparency
  • Browne also discusses the “economics” of equal rights in the corporate landscape, exploring how fostering a workplace that encourages openness, tolerance, and respect can ultimately, and significantly, bolster business performance—from productivity to profitability

Despite much progress in the recent years, gay rights issues around the world remain a serious problem. The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how business can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you.”

—Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Lord John Browne, Chairman of L1 Energy and former CEO of BP (1995 to 2007), is one of the most forward thinking and strategic business leaders in the world. He was the first to build an oil company through a series of record-breaking mergers, and was the first to build a successful large oil company in Russia. During his tenure at the helm, he led the way on issues such as climate change, human rights, and corporate transparency. His legacy includes being voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999-2002 consecutively, being knighted in 1998, advising five prime ministers, and building a reputation as a visionary leader and a master of business efficiency. A brilliant business strategist, Lord Browne guided BP’s transformation into a major player and one of the world’s largest companies.

Lord Browne is author of the memoir Beyond Business,in which he shares what he learned about leadership in one of the toughest industries in the world—energy/petroleum. Lord Browne followed-up with Seven Elements That Changed the World, the fascinating story of how seven elements have changed modern life, for better and for worse. His widely acclaimed new book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, describes the culture of homophobia that still exists within the corporate world and the effect it has on corporate culture, performance and output.

  •  As the former CEO of BP from 1995-2007, Browne is one of the most recognized and influential business leaders in the world
  • He is an internationally renowned visionary on issues of climate change, human rights, and corporate transparency
  • Browne also discusses the “economics” of equal rights in the corporate landscape, exploring how fostering a workplace that encourages openness, tolerance, and respect can ultimately, and significantly, bolster business performance—from productivity to profitability

Despite much progress in the recent years, gay rights issues around the world remain a serious problem. The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how business can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you.”

—Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Lord John Browne, Chairman of L1 Energy and former CEO of BP (1995 to 2007), is one of the most forward thinking and strategic business leaders in the world. He was the first to build an oil company through a series of record-breaking mergers, and was the first to build a successful large oil company in Russia. During his tenure at the helm, he led the way on issues such as climate change, human rights, and corporate transparency. His legacy includes being voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999-2002 consecutively, being knighted in 1998, advising five prime ministers, and building a reputation as a visionary leader and a master of business efficiency. A brilliant business strategist, Lord Browne guided BP’s transformation into a major player and one of the world’s largest companies.

Lord Browne is author of the memoir Beyond Business,in which he shares what he learned about leadership in one of the toughest industries in the world—energy/petroleum. Lord Browne followed-up with Seven Elements That Changed the World, the fascinating story of how seven elements have changed modern life, for better and for worse. His widely acclaimed new book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, describes the culture of homophobia that still exists within the corporate world and the effect it has on corporate culture, performance and output.

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The Glass Closet

Leadership

Climate Change and Renewable Energy

The Role of Business in Society

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