Michael Schmidt was elected President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG e.V.) in September 2017. Previously he was CEO of BP Europa SE as well as CEO of the Mineralölwirtschaftsverband. Before that he served as Vice President for Human Resources Europe of BP group and as Director for Personnel at the Board of Directors of Deutsche BP AG. Earlier in his career he was Managing Director of the BP Refining and Petrochemicals GmbH, and held roles with Veba Oel AG and BASF. He studied Economics at university.