June 19th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Ought the BP CEO not yacht?

'Gulf response efforts remain my top priority.' a tweet from BP's official Twitter account attributed to the embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward said Saturday.
'Gulf response efforts remain my top priority.' a tweet from BP's official Twitter account attributed to the embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward said Saturday.

(CNN) - A posh weekend at an annual yacht race off the coast of England has embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward once again treading water in social media, and tweeting a defense.

After Hayward took a verbal pummeling on Capitol Hill last Thursday over his company's handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill, photos surfaced Saturday of the CEO spending this weekend clad in sunglasses and a ball cap at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race off Britain's Isle of Wight. His 52-foot yacht "Bob" was part of the festivities.

In an apparent response to the slew of online complaints about Hayward's weekend away and his management duties, BP tweeted Hayward's response Saturday: "Gulf response efforts remain my top priority. To assure continued focus, Bob Dudley will support me on this full-time to make it right.Tony."

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  1. Martin

    I wonder if the same attention would be paid to a US executive...
    BP is doing everything that it can to address the issue and the CEO has ensured that has happened. I haven't seen the US come up with any better ideas for stemming the leak. They have fired the crooked executives that took bribes in the first place but no ideas on how to stop a deep water oil leak. Give the guy a break the same as you do with the US execs that rob your people blind every day.....

    June 19, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. deb

    i can't believe i'm gonna say this but---–he is human. we do all need some down time.

    June 19, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. X

    I am waiting for some conservative republican tea bagger to apologize to BP CEO Tony Hayward for everyone being hard on him for yachting while the oil spill his company created is killing an entire ocean.

    June 19, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Mariposa

    The CEO of BP, who supposedly is still in charge of solving the problem created by BP, to other people known as a catastrophy, should be working at solving the problem, not off galavanting on a yacht. There is important work to be done. Where's his brain? On vacation, like his body. How does he sleep at night with an attitude like this?

    June 19, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Pat in IL

    Wow.....it's a good thing he didn't depend on a PR career. This man just doesn't get it, and I'm not sure he's smart enough to be in top management, let alone CEO. He may be a super engineer, or whatever, but management people need to have a blend of many different skills – one would be to be able to figure out the impact of something like the oil spill and respond to it.

    June 19, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. SFCMike

    Apparently, little Tony has a hard time of it if he can't play with his tea and crumpet set. He seems to have the integrity of a Nixon and the leadership skills of a Hoover.

    He can't work 24/7, obviously. Luxury games on the water while thousands of "small people" (to quote BP's Chairman) lose everything they have and gulf communities and ecosystems are devastated by his company's negligence is at best poor leadership and lack of empathy. At worst, it is arrogance and entitlement.

    Perhhaps in his time off, little Tony should instead take some acting classes, so his attempts to come off as knowledgeable and concerned are a little more credible.

    June 19, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Wonder what the GOBP apologists will say this time?

    June 19, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Donna

    I cannot imagine the stress that this man is under. He is an employee of BP, he is NOT BP. I do not begrudge him taking a few days off. The company is continuing to work. This is a horrible, horrible thing that has happened. However, this man was one of MANY who made decisions and is responsible.

    June 19, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    What really matters is whether or not BP stops the leak and cleans up the Gulf Coast and not disagreeable personal behavior, no matter how boorish.

    June 19, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Mickey, NY

    I hope Republicans realize just how much corporations care about them. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns...

    GOP: Domestic terrorists

    June 19, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Tinytonyhater

    Can we prosecute this moron already?

    June 19, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. deb

    it really doesn't matter to me what you all think-i'm simply tired of beating up on each other...regardless of differences in beliefs. it's time we all quit this decisive brutality.

    June 19, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. babs

    Is this guy for real?

    June 19, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    Looks like he got his life back ....

    June 19, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Steve

    Who cares? Let him do what he wants. What the hell can he do to fix it anyway? People that complain about that are just jealous that they don't have the financial means to live that way.

    June 19, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. RandyT

    Come on "little people" wake up to these no-nothing overpaid CEOs we are just so much dirt to be walked on. Their worker bees are no more than accounting line items. This attitude does not stop at big oil but goes through all the major corperations – oil to banking to auto to defense – and the bad part is that they own our "we the people" government.

    "He who has the gold rules."

    June 19, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. J.V.Hodgson

    Mary Grace,
    Suggest you have some grace, it is no part of a CEO's job to micro manage the whole of this crisis all day every day in every single detail, that would be impossible anyway.
    He is group CEO of BP I believe and like it or not that job involves some of his time being spent elsewhere just like American Presidents and business men, and taking some free time.
    This kind of harrassment was never directed at the Banking fiefdoms of the US which were behind and the cause of a major GLOBAL financial crisis, which in a financial sense was and will be multiple Billions of dollars larger that this Gulf spill.
    Hope you enjoy your time off each week. Or let us all know when you are prepared to devote 24/7 of your time to this gulf oil spill matter.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 19, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Bill Carney

    There is no shame for the shameless. Mr. Hayward, however, is certainly entitled to some down time but his choice of yachting activities in a clear, unpolluted spot of ocean, untouched by his and his company, BP's greed, makes for justified negative coverage. Mr. Hayward? ..... maybe you could better spend your down time showing a bit of true concern, perhaps just being ...... Down?

    June 19, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. ja

    leave the man alone

    June 19, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. ja

    wall street is still living in excess

    June 19, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Jim Chapman

    I have absolutely no problem with him maintaining some of his personal life. For all of those complaining about him doing this I ask you one question. When your company is having problems do you drop EVERYTHING and only concentrate on your work? Do you completely give up your entire social life? I would bet the vast majority of you don't so in my opinion you have NO RIGHT to say he can't do that with his personal time. Just because the company he runs ahs completely screwed up doesn't mean he needs to spend every waking hour of his life dealing with it. Even CEO's need to get away from the problems every so often. If he was spending a month long vaction on a South Pacific Island yes I'd be pissed, but he spent a day away from work.

    June 19, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. susie

    Hayward goes on a yacht and Obama goes to play golf, neither one cares.

    June 19, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. Michelle

    This is the maturity level of an BP CEO? This couldnt wait really? How disrespectful to the men who were killed, and the little turtles, fish, birds who are gasping for air this very second. BP, need to be ran out of this country.

    June 19, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. sptx

    Hmmm, wonder why he's not yachting in the Gulf of Mexico – wouldn't want to get that pretty hull dirty, eh?

    June 19, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. kapechi

    What is the big deal. Tomorrow is Father's Day, give the guy a rest from the insanity Washington dishes up. If I were he, I would have told a few of those Senators where to get off. All they did was make fools of themselves and he came out on top. It is a shame what happened, but at least BP is paying off those injured.

    June 19, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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