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Former BP CEO Lord John Browne, who stepped down from the company amid allegations he'd used company money to finance an apartment for his longtime partner, has been appointed to a high-ranking post in the British government.
According to reports, Browne will be tasked with streamlining government and is expected to push through spending cuts and productivity improvements "as a non-executive director."
Browne was seen as a hugely successful CEO during his time at BP, but his government appointment may be controversial in light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which many blame on a cost-cutting culture at the company.
In his memoirs Browne wrote of the deaths of 25 people at BP's Texas City, Texas, oil refinery and a large oil spill in Alaska in 2006, which both happened while he was at the company. He blamed his arrogance and a culture of complacency at the company.
Browne retired from BP in 2007 and later faced charges of perjury after lying to a court about his relationship with Canadian partner Jeff Chevalier. Browne originally claimed the pair had met in an exercise class but later admitted they had met on a gay hookup site.
Browne later said he lied because he was afraid of being outed.