Mike Gibbs is set to take over as BP’s group CIO when incumbent Dana Deasy leaves the energy company in December.
Gibbs is currently CIO for BP’s downstream businesses and has been part of Deasy’s leadership team in London for five years. Before that, he was downstream CIO for ConocoPhillips, based in Houston, Texas.
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Deasy announced this month that he is leaving to become CIO for JP Morgan Chase in New York. He joined BP in 2007 from General Motors, where he was CIO for the car maker’s North America business.
Deasy has overhauled BP’s IT set-up. When he joined, the oil and gas giant spent 65% of its $3bn annual IT budget with 3,000 suppliers, but a major rationalisation programme reduced that to only seven and cut IT spending by $800m.
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He also led BP's move to the cloud, selecting nine cloud service providers to provide a mix of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS), as well as migrating 83,000 Microsoft Exchange users into a private cloud supplied by T-Systems.
Under Deasy, BP was a pioneer for bring your own device (BYOD) schemes for users, with more than 20,000 devices now managed under BP’s BYOD policy.
BP has a huge global IT infrastructure, including 90,000 PCs, 57 petabytes of data, 340 WAN connections and 17,000 servers.