Michael Christopher Daly

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BornOctober 1953
Alma materUniversity College of Wales, Leeds University
British geologist and oil and gas executive With BP. Secured BP's return to Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

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In office
1 October 2014 - 15 December 2015

Michael Christopher Daly (Mike) is a British geologist, oil and gas executive and academic. BP’s global exploration chief for eight years, he retired in 2014 and became a visiting professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford where he works on continental tectonics and resources. During BP's recovery from the Deepwater Horizon event Daly was on BP's Group Executive Team.


Daly joined the Geological Survey of Zambia in 1976, mapping the remote Muchinga Mountains of northeast Zambia and publishing on the Precambrian Irumide Belt, Rift Valley formation and the evolution of the Congo basin. He began his business career with BP in 1986 and after a period of strategy work and time in Venezuela, the North Sea and London, he became President of BP's activities in the Middle East. In 2006 Daly became BP's global exploration chief, achieving a series of giant oil and gas discoveries and BP's return to Iraq[1] and the Rumaila oil field, and entry into Oman and the Kazzan giant gas field.

During BP's recovery from the Deepwater Horizon incident Daly served on BP's Group Executive Team.[2] He retired in 2014 after 28 years with the company.

In 2013 Daly was appointed Visiting Professor[3] in Earth Sciences at The University of Oxford. He is also a non-executive director with Tullow Oil,[4] and CGG,[5] and a partner at Macro Advisory Partners.[6] He is a recipient of the Geological Society of London’s Petroleum Medal.

Personal life

Born in Yorkshire, Daly is the son of Irish rugby player John Daly. He is an amateur yachtsman, outdoorsman and traveller. He is a graduate of University College of Wales (BSc) and Leeds University (PhD), in African tectonics. Daly is an alumnus of Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.

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