BP appointed Starlee Sykes regional president for the Gulf of Mexico and Canada, effective 1 February. She currently serves as VP for BP’s global projects organization for offshore projects. Sykes will succeed Richard Morrison, who has elected to retire following 37 years of service with BP. She began her career as a subsea operations engineer, later rising to leadership roles including VP projects performance, VP developments for the Gulf of Mexico, and founder and director of BP’s global subsea hardware organization. More recently, and in addition to leading a global portfolio of more than 30 major projects, Sykes was a key leader on the redesign of the Mad Dog 2 platform and the Thunder Horse South Expansion project. In her new role, Sykes will serve as the chairman of BP Exploration & Production Inc. and will be a member of the board of directors for BP America Inc. She also will serve on the board of directors for the Center for Offshore Safety and on the industry advisory board for Texas A&M’s Department of Petroleum Engineering. She holds a mechanical engineering degree from Texas A&M.