Lord Browne of Madingley joined BP in 1966 and he joined the board in 1991. He was appointed group chief executive in 1995 and held that position until May 2007.
He is chairman of L1 Energy (UK) LLP and chairman of Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd. He is a fellow and former president of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006-2011), a fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a trustee of the Tate Gallery in August 2007 and chairman of the trustees in January 2009. He was appointed chairman of the board of the Donmar Theatre in March 2015. He is chairman of the trustees of the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering, chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School Government at Oxford University and a member of a variety of other trusts and boards. He chaired the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (the Browne Review, 2010).
He was a partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC from 2007 – 2015; chairman of the advisory board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 - 2007. He was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 – 2006, a trustee of The British Museum from 1995-2005, a member of the supervisory board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 – 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996-1999.
He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999–2002.
He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.
His memoirs Beyond Business were published in February 2010; Seven Elements that Changed the World in April 2013; and The Glass Closet in May 2014.