June 22 (Reuters) – BP (BP.L) Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward has pulled out of an oil industry conference in London on Tuesday, organisers said.
Hayward had been expected to address the conference at a London hotel and scores of journalists had registered to grill him over his handling of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and his future at BP.
A conference organiser said he was being replaced by Steve Westwell, BP’s group chief of staff.
Hayward has faced a tide of criticism over the oil spill, the biggest in U.S. history.
He has cancelled a series of public engagements while devoting most of his time to tackling the spill, which began in April, and has incurred swingeing criticism for a series of public relations gaffes. [ID:nN19190028] (Reporting by Alex Lawler; writing by Barbara Lewis; editing by Keiron Henderson)