John Gerson

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John Gerson was deputy head of MI6. He studied Art History at the University of Freiburg and then went to King’s College, Cambridge.[1] He went to India on the Commonwealth Expedition (COMEX) in 1965.

In 1992, he was Visiting Fellow in East Asian Studies at Princeton University.[1]

In 2001, he left MI6 and joined BP as a senior political adviser; he became their Head of Government and Political Affairs from 2007 to 2012.[2]

Gerson also chaired BP China Ltd and BP South East Asia Ltd. Later he worked as a consultant in Brazil, Tanzania, and North Korea and was an Associate Member of University College London’s Centre for the Study of Socialist Legal Systems.[1]

He was HM Consul in Beijing from 1974 to 1977 and interpreted for and advised Margaret Thatcher on China.

Gerson became CMG in 1999. He is a bird-watcher.


  1. ^ a b c "King's College London - Gerson, John". Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Richard Norton-Taylor (8 May 2000). "Former MI6 officer gets top post at BP". The Guardian.