Safety was the chief priority of BP's Gulf of Mexico unit prior to the 2010 oil spill, said Neil Shaw, who became the company's strategic performance unit leader for the Gulf in 2007. Shaw, who testified during a civil trial over the incident, said he formulated a strategy to strengthen the safety of BP's drilling activities in 2009. "Safety is all about good business for me," said Shaw, who is now the company's chief operating officer for projects.

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