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    BP's Fiona MacLeod Takes Sabbatical

    Transition of her role at the end of June allows her to pursue nonprofit area.

    LA PALMA, Calif. -- BP's Business Unit Leader Convenience Retail Americas, Fiona MacLeod, will transition her role effective June 30, CSNews Online has learned.

    MacLeod decided to take a one-year sabbatical from BP to focus on leadership in the not-for-profit arena, the company stated in an internal memo obtained by CSNews Online.

    "I would like to thank Fiona for her significant contribution to BP and to R&M," Steve Welch, chief operating officer, International Businesses for BP, said in the statement. "We wish her the best during her sabbatical and we look forward to welcoming her back next year."

    As a result, Bill Fry was appointed to the position of Business Unit Leader (BUL) for USCR, effective June 30. He will report to Welch.

    "He is passionate about retail, the ampm franchise offer, our people and winning," said Welch. "We are confident that with his knowledge of the business, drive for results and proven leadership ability, USCR is in great hands moving forward."

    BP spokesman Scott Dean told CSNews Online "We expect no change in direction under his leadership as he was involved to the creation of the current strategy."

    MacLeod has worked at BP for 21 years, holding a variety of leadership roles across a number of regions, in marketing, human resources, supply and distribution, gas and power, and retail. Throughout her tenure with BP, Fiona has led significant change programs in New Zealand, Europe and the U.S., according to the company.

    Most recently she led the company's USCR organization through a transformation from company-owned and -operated to a franchise model, and also expanded the ampm brand nationally, the memo stated.

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