Lord Browne is the executive chairman of L1 Energy (UK) and the chairman of the supervisory board of Wintershall Dea GmbH. Until May 2020, Lord Browne was chairman of Huawei Technologies, (UK). Until May 2019, Lord Browne was executive chairman of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, when it merged to form Wintershall Dea. Prior to joining L1 Energy in March 2015, Lord Browne was a partner at Riverstone Holdings LLC, an energy and power-focused private equity firm, for eight years. From May 2013 to May 2015, Lord Browne was a director of Riverstone Energy Limited, a closed-ended investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and he was a director of Pattern Energy Group Inc. from October 2013 until March 2020 when it was acquired. Lord Browne spent 41 years at BP plc, holding various senior management positions during that time. In 1991, he joined the board of The British Petroleum Company and was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995 and remained in this position until May 2007. Lord Browne was the chairman of the advisory board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 to 2007, a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 to 2006, a trustee of The British Museum from 1995 to 2005, a member of the supervisory board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 to 2001, and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 to 1999. Lord Browne is also chairman of the board of Windward Ltd. and a member of the board of SparkCognition Inc. Lord Browne holds a degree in Physics from Cambridge University and an MS in Business from Stanford University.
Lord Browne was the president of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006 to 2011 and is the chairman of the trustees of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the U.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed as the chair of the board of trustees of the Francis Crick Institute from August 2017 and the chairman of the governing board of The Courtauld Institute of Art from September 2017. He is also a member of the board of UK Research and Innovation. Lord Browne was a trustee of the Tate Gallery from August 2007, and was the chairman of the trustees from January 2009 until July 2017 when he retired as a trustee. He was the chairman of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, which published its report in October 2010. He was the UK government’s lead non-executive board member from June 2010 to January 2015. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.