Morrell to Lead New BP America Communications & External Affairs Team
Today BP announced the appointment of Geoff Morrell to the position of Senior Vice President in charge of the newly formed U.S. Communications & External Affairs organization.
Communications & External Affairs is a consolidation of three previously existing teams within the company – U.S. Communications, which Morrell previously led, as well as Government and Public Affairs, and Federal and International Affairs.
In this new role, Geoff will be responsible for oversight of all of the company's internal and external stakeholder engagement in the U.S., including outreach to employees, media, and government officials. He will also oversee BP America's community affairs, charitable, and political giving programs.
“BP is America's biggest energy investor and our reach and influence should be commensurate to that,” said BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley. “Over the past two years Geoff has quickly established our U.S. Communications team as a forward-leaning, assertive voice for the company. I expect he will soon do the same with the entire Communications & External Affairs team.”
“As we continue to address the political and legal challenges we face in the United States, we have consistently conveyed BP's commitment to America and the contributions we make to the nation's economy and energy security,” said BP America Chairman and President John Mingé. “I look to Geoff and his team to ensure that this message is delivered with absolute clarity day in and day out.”
Morrell takes on his new responsibilities immediately. “I'm excited about the opportunity to lead this new fully integrated organization,” said Morrell. “We're blessed with strong communications and government relations professionals who are committed to this company. Through greater collaboration and a more assertive posture, I think we will become even more effective than we already are.”
Prior to joining BP in September 2011, Morrell spent four years as Pentagon Press Secretary, acting as chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the United States Military. He had previously worked as a White House correspondent for ABC News and held other reporting assignments at both the network and local levels.
Morrell's primary office will be in Washington, D.C. where he currently resides with his wife and two children.