The real-life boss of fictional British spy James Bond 007 has been appointed to the board of British Petroleum.
Sir John Sawers retired last year from his previous post as Chief of M16, the UK Secret Intelligence Service, after 36 years as a civil servant. His role is as a non-executive Director.
Prior to that, he was the British Ambassador to the United Nations, Political Director of the Foreign Office, Special Representative in Iraq, Ambassador to Egypt, and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. In his early career, he worked in the Middle East, South Africa and Washington.
In the James Bond movies – based on the novels written by Dundee jute barron descendant Ian Fleming – Sir John’s role as ‘M’ was last played by Dame Judy Dench. Hitherto, the role had always been played by a man.
Sir John is now Chairman and Partner of Macro Advisory Partners LLP. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and a Governor of The Ditchley Foundation.
BP has also appointed a second new non-executive director – Paula Reynolds, who began her career as an economist before spending over 25 years in the energy sector in a variety of operational and corporate roles, including at the Duke Energy Corporation and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.