BP's Udayan Sen nominated for CFO Awards 2018


Indian-born chartered accountant Udayan is a finance professional with 25 years' post-qualification experience

BP Southern Africa CFO Udayan Sen has been nominated for the CFO Awards 2018. This is Udayan's debut nomination.


The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', the CFO Awards recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.


Indian-born chartered accountant Udayan is a finance professional with 25 years’ post-qualification experience, with the last 18 years spent at petroleum giant BP and over 12 years in the UK. He has contributed to multiple functions in BP, including Group Planning & Strategy, Business Development in New Markets and Global & Regional Finance roles. He took on his current role in August 2015, which comes with a broad remit. His previous role as Finance Director for Europe & Africa entailed a geographic span of 30+ countries.


“At BP, the CFO is the co-pilot. He/she supports the CEO to run the business, and is held accountable for most business decisions – some more than others. To be successful, one needs to be business oriented, and there are examples galore of CFOs who are not accountants in BP. The CFO in BP is an integrator of different functions, and acts as a glue to bring the disparate parts together to create a coherent story,” he told CFO South Africa.


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BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. It  provides customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging. In Southern Africa BP operates in three countries: Angola, South Africa and Mozambique. Angola is upstream which means exploration and production of oil and gas, where as South Africa and Mozambique are downstream which means refining and marketing of oil and gas.

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