Vice President Russia, BP p.l.c.
Peter Charow was appointed to the RBCC Board of Directors in July 2013. Mr Charow is the Vice President for Russia, BP p.l.c. with responsibility for strategy, risk management and strategic communications for BP’s Russia businesses. He is based in London at BP’s corporate headquarters. Mr Charow has worked for Amoco and BP for 16 years, eight of which were spent in Moscow, including as President of BP Russia from 2002-2005. Prior to joining Amoco, Mr Charow founded and led the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia from 1994-1997, building the organisation from a start up to the leading organisation representing foreign investors in Russia. Mr Charow moved to Russia in 1992 as Head of Representation for Chilewich Corporation, a New York-based commodities trading firm. Prior to that, he worked in various consulting and advisory roles in New York.
Mr Charow is a non-executive director on the boards of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works. He is Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, an organisation dedicated to supporting the development of entrepreneurship in Russia. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Mariinsky Theatre Charitable Trust in London, a Trustee of the John Smith Memorial Trust and a member of the board of directors of the US-Russia Business Council.
Mr Charow is a graduate of Swarthmore College and holds M.A. and M.Phil degrees in Political Science from Columbia University and the Harriman Institute for Advanced Soviet Studies. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Leningrad State University in the mid-1980’s. He also holds an Executive MBA from the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College (2006) and is a fluent Russian speaker. He is married with three children.