Dr. Phiroz Darukhanavala
Dr. Phiroz (Daru) Darukhanavala is the retired VP and CTO, IT and Services at BP. In this role, he led a team responsible for the fast and efficient matching of external technology innovation to BP’s business requirements using a VC-type approach to rapid adoption. His team was a change agent for the BP group in applying digital technologies and services to force major business process transformation as well as cost efficiencies across all of the business segments. Typical “game-changing” initiatives exceeded $50 million annual impact every year. The team accelerated adoption of new technology by hosting a series of executive education and awareness programs aimed at increasing senior executive level awareness of the business possibilities created by emerging digital technology trends.
As VP, IT Integration, Mr. Darukhanavala led the IT integration programs for the BP-Amoco merger and the Arco acquisition, which collectively targeted a bottom line synergy of over $500 million in annual bottom line IT cost reduction.
Previously, Mr. Darukhanavala was Director, Global IT Services for the BP Group, responsible for establishing standard IT infrastructure services world-wide. Other assignments included IT Functional Chief for BP Exploration globally based in London and CIO for BP Exploration in the Continental U.S. and Alaska.
Before the merger with BP, Mr. Darukhanavala was Director, Corporate Supercomputing Center and Head of the Corporate Management Science Group for The Standard Oil Co. He has also worked as a consultant on several projects in the industrial and health care arenas and as an adjunct professor of management at several U.S. universities.
Mr. Darukhanavala holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University and B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.