BP chief executive Tony Hayward is handing over day-to-day management of the Gulf oil leak operation to another top manager, Bob Dudley, BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said on Friday.
"Right after the explosion (Hayward) went out there and he has been leading the response ever since," he told Sky News. "I think everyone believed it to be something we could deal with faster, then he would come back...
"And now he's been around for eight weeks, he's now handing over the daily operations to Bob Dudley, and he will be more home, and be there and be here," he told the British broadcaster.
The announcement came a day after Hayward, so far BP's main public face for its clean-up operation, faced a barrage of hostile questions from US lawmakers seeking to lay bare the causes of the devastating spill.