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Centrica Plc has named Iain Conn as chief executive, effective Jan. 1, 2015, at which point he will join the Centrica Plc board. Conn will succeed Sam Laidlaw, who will retire from the board on Dec. 31. Conn will join from BP, where he has been chief executive for downstream, BP’s refining and marketing division, for the past seven years. In this role, he was responsible for running BP’s customer-facing activities in the fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals sectors. He has been a BP board member since 2004, and has held previously a number of senior roles throughout the business.

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