First CEO of major company to publicly say he’s gay on why there are so few openly LGBTQ executives on boards

John Browne resigned as CEO of oil giant BP in 2007 after being outed as a gay man in a British tabloid. At the time, he was the first CEO of a major publicly traded company to publicly acknowledge he was gay.

Seven years later, the Lord Browne of Madingley wrote about the double life he and others led as closeted gay executives in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Leave a Reply