Meet Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive of Centrica plc

Socially responsible business leadershipSam Laidlaw

Tuesday 24 May 2011, 18:00-20:30

Sam’s address titled ‘Socially Responsible Business Leadership’ will cover some of the challenges of balancing the expectations of shareholders with doing the right thing.

Centrica is positioned as the lowest carbon supplier of the major energy suppliers in the UK and is leading the Green agenda. Sam will draw on his experience of working in developing countries, and also in the UK energy sector where issues such as environmental impact and vulnerable customers need to be addressed.

Event Details

Sam Laidlaw's address will be held at:

Street Cafe, S Block
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY


Sam Laidlaw was born on 3 January 1956 and is married with four children. He has been Chief Executive of Centrica plc since July 2006.  Centrica is the parent company for British Gas and a significant gas producer and gas, nuclear and renewables electricity generator.   

Prior to that, from 2003-2006, he was Executive Vice President of the Chevron Corporation, a member of Chevron’s Executive Committee and was responsible for new business worldwide as well as regional responsibility for Russia, the Middle East and North Africa.  

In 2001-2002, Sam was Chief Executive of Enterprise Oil plc, Europe’s largest independent oil and gas company, which was sold to Shell in 2002. 

Before joining Enterprise, he spent 20 years with Amerada Hess after completing an MBA at INSEAD.  In 1983, he became a Vice President responsible for Amerada Hess’s North Sea business. In 1990, he became Executive Vice President responsible for all Amerada Hess’s international business and in 1995 he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Amerada Hess Corporation, an integrated Fortune 200 Oil & Gas company.

Sam Laidlaw is a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, Chairman of the CBI Higher Education Task Force, Chairman of the UK Council of INSEAD, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, a former Vice President of the Institute of Petroleum and a former non-executive director of Hanson plc.

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