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Felipe Bayon, Senior Vice President of BP America, to Join USHCC Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has announced that Felipe Bayon, Senior Vice President of BP America and head of Global Deepwater Response, will join the organization's board of directors effective immediately. BP America is the nation's largest energy investor and a global leader in the production of oil and natural gas.

"The USHCC is thrilled to have BP America's Felipe Bayon join our board of directors," said USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez. "Felipe has played a critical role within a company that is powering our nation's business future and supporting economic growth in communities from coast to coast. Our association welcomes his expertise and counsel as a member of our board, and we look forward to working together to advance the mission of the USHCC for the benefit of our country's business community."

Over the past three years, BP has spent more than $1.8 billion with minority and woman-owned businesses in America. The company employs around 18,000 people in the U.S. and supports nearly 200,000 additional American jobs through all of its business activities.

"Having served on the Houston Hispanic Chamber Board for three years, I've seen the power of organizations such as this," Bayon said. "Now, as a member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board, I'll be privileged to help steer an organization that is not only the nation's leading advocate for Hispanic business men and women but also a significant voice in the U.S. business community as a whole. It's an organization with an important mission that all of us at BP support and I look forward to being directly involved in its leadership."

Bayon has more than 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, holding a range of business leadership and technical managerial roles. He is currently a member of the BP America leadership team.

BP America will serve as the corporate chair for the USHCC's 2015 National Convention, set to take place Sept. 20-22, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The annual convention is a premier event for America's small business community, convening thousands of Hispanic entrepreneurs, national and international corporate executives, top government officials, and representatives from local chambers and business associations throughout the country.

"Felipe Bayon is a phenomenal addition to the USHCC board of directors," said USHCC Chairman of Nominations and Governance Don Salazar. "I have no doubt that he will advance our association's commitment to America's business future, and look I forward to working together in Houston this year."

About BP

Over the past five years, BP has invested nearly $50 billion in the US – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing more than 18,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports around 200,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities. For more information, go to www.bp.com/EIR.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 240 major corporations.

CONTACT: Ammar Campa-Najjar Director of Communications and Marketing 619-721-5148Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce