BP Investment Chief Quits

John Bearman is leaving the UK pension fund after less than four years, CIO has learned.

JohnBearman_TimBowerJohn Bearman (Art by Tim Bower) BP’s Head of Investments John Bearman is exiting the UK-based energy company, according to two insiders with knowledge of the situation. 

Bearman joined BP in September 2012, when he took over from retiring investment chief Tony Pike. Prior to that, Bearman served as CIO at insurer Thomas Miller (2012) and Santander Asset Management (2007 through 2011). 

His replacement at BP has yet to be announced. “We don’t comment on personnel moves,” wrote spokesperson Shannon Wiseman in an email to CIO, when asked to confirm the exit. 

When Bearman succeeded Pike in 2012, he took over a £18.3 billion ($26 billion) fund allocated 70% to equities. 

“I see us managing more money in-house in the future,” he said in 2013, “while outsourcing some of the newer asset classes, such as infrastructure debt, emerging markets, high-yield, and bank loans.” 

BP America lost its longtime CIO Greg Williamson last year. The former prop trader quit in late March 2015 to lead the American Red Cross’ $5 billion investment portfolio.

Deputy CIO Mark Thompson moved into Williamson’s role at the Chicago pension investment office.

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—Additional reporting by Nick Reeve