Published: Nov 15, 2012 5:36 PM EST
Updated: Nov 16, 2012 7:31 AM EST

BOB DUDLEY

Dudley - the first American to serve as BP's CEO - took over in October 2010 after his predecessor stepped down following a series of company gaffes. Dudley said BP remains committed to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Under Dudley, BP has sold billions of dollars in assets, including oil fields and refineries, to pay for the spill.

KENNETH FEINBERG

Feinberg, who once led the government's compensation fund for 9/11 victims, was tapped by BP in June 2010 to oversee a $20 billion fund for claims from the spill. Across the Gulf, fishermen and others decried a slow process and inadequate compensation. Feinberg traveled to small communities to reassure people. Ultimately, the government determined more than 7,000 people had been shortchanged and additional payments were ordered. Feinberg eventually turned over administration of the fund to a court. In September, Penn State hired him to help settle personal injury claims related to the case against Jerry Sandusky. Feinberg said he hoped to resolve all litigation by the end of 2012.

TONY HAYWARD

Hayward was BP's CEO at the time of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. He stepped down after the company's repeated gaffes, including his statement at the height of the crisis: "I'd like my life back." Hayward is now chief executive of Genel Energy PLC, a small oil company active in northern Iraq.

BOBBY JINDAL

Jindal, the Louisiana governor, was often among the most vocal critics of how the response to the spill was handled. He lobbied heavily for - and eventually obtained millions of dollars from BP - to construct sand berms along islands in an effort to protect fragile wildlife areas. Their effectiveness was determined to be mixed. In his 2011 bid for re-election, Jindal got 66 percent of the vote in a 10-candidate field, the most lopsided victory in Louisiana history.

BILLY NUNGESSER

The president of Plaquemines Parish, La., was a frequent and vocal critic of both government and BP response to the spill. His parish, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, was the first place on the U.S. mainland hit by oil spewing from the well on April 29, 2010. Nungesser rattled cages at every opportunity to hammer home the physical and economic devastation hitting Plaquemines. He won re-election as parish president, but then lost a 2011 run for the Louisiana lieutenant governor's office against a fellow Republican, Jay Dardenne.