Dev Sanyal

Chief Executive Officer, VARO Energy

Dev Sanyal is Chief Executive Officer of VARO Energy Group AG, based in Zug, Switzerland. He was appointed to this role effective 1 January 2022.

Prior to this, Dev had a three-decade career with BP plc including over a decade as a member of the group executive committee during which time he was chief executive, alternative energy; executive vice president, gas and low carbon energy; and executive vice president, group strategy and BP’s Europe and Asia regions.

Dev joined BP in 1989 and held a variety of international roles in London, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna and Dubai. He was general manager, Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, prior to being appointed chief executive, BP Eastern Mediterranean in 1999. In 2003 he was appointed chief executive, Air BP International and in 2006 was appointed head of the group chief executive’s office. He was appointed group treasurer in 2007. During this period, he was also chairman of BP Investment Management and was accountable for the group’s aluminium interests.

Dev is an independent non-executive director on the board of M&G plc; a member of the advisory board of the Centre for European Reform and the board of advisors of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he obtained a master’s degree in economics and politics. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

He was an independent non-executive director of Man Group plc (2013-2022); a member of the energy advisory board of the Government of India (2017-2023); Accenture Global Energy Board (2012-2019); Vice Chairman, Centre for China in the World Economy, Tsinghua University (2014-2019); The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Business Leaders Group (2012-2015); and Trustee of the Career Academy Foundation (2007-2013).

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