The U.K. Department for International Development has welcomed Vivienne Cox to its management board, it was announced Dec. 16.
Cox is a former chief executive officer and executive vice president of BP’s gas, power and renewables businesses and has had more than 25 years of experience with the company. She is also a nonexecutive director at Rio Tinto and Vallourec SA and chair of Climate Change Capital.
Her appointment is expected to boost DfID’s private sector expertise.
“I want to usher in a new culture of private sector-led development at DfID, an example for other development bodies to follow,” said U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell. “Vivienne’s appointment is a key part of these efforts. Not only will she inject some business-savvy DNA into the department, but her wealth of experience and knowledge will give a valuable boost to our efforts helping the world’s poorest people escape from poverty.”
In addition to Cox’s appointment, Doreen Langston has been reappointed as nonexecutive director. She has been serving as chair of DfID’s audit committee and as nonexecutive director since 2008.