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Bob Dudley, left, has been appointed to head the new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, which is in charge of cleaning up the oil spill. The appointment was effective immediately.

Robert "Bob" Dudley (born c. 1955) served as President and Chief Executive TNK-BP. He grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dudley received a BA in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, an MIM degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

He joined Amoco in 1979. He worked in a variety of positions including negotiating deals in the South China Sea. In 1994 to 1997 he worked for Amoco in Moscow. He became a general manager for strategy. After BP acquired Amoco he assumed a similar position at BP. (Wiki)