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BHP announces appointments to executive leadership team

Aug 18, 2020
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BHP Chief Executive Officer Mike Henry has announced new appointments to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

The appointments include two new roles (Chief Technical Officer and Chief Development Officer) to support the company’s ambition to become safer, lower cost and more productive, and to develop a portfolio that is fit for the future with opportunities for long-term growth.

Laura Tyler will become Chief Technical Officer, effective 1 September 2020. Ms Tyler is a current ELT member as BHP’s Chief Geoscientist. In her new role, she will be responsible for minerals exploration, health, safety and environment, centres of excellence, technology and the BHP Operating System. These consolidated accountabilities will support operational excellence and growth through sharper focus, accelerated impact and more streamlined support to BHP’s assets. Ms Tyler will be tasked with securing options in future-facing commodities through exploration, and for improving safety, sustainability, reliability and productivity. She will relinquish her concurrent role as Asset President Olympic Dam, with a replacement to be announced.

Caroline Cox will become Chief External Affairs Officer, effective 1 November 2020. Ms Cox will be accountable for the legal, governance, ethics and compliance, assurance, and corporate affairs functions. Ms Cox is currently BHP’s Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Since joining BHP in 2015, she has advised on major transactions and projects, global governance, ESG and legal matters, and BHP’s social value strategy. Geoff Healy will leave BHP at the end of CY20.

Johan van Jaarsveld will become Chief Development Officer, effective 1 September 2020. Mr van Jaarsveld is currently Group Portfolio Strategy and Development Officer. In this newly elevated role, he will continue to be responsible for acquisitions and divestments, securing options in future-facing commodities through early stage commercial entry, and strategy.

Henry said: “This team has the operational depth, commercial acumen, and global perspective to deliver on BHP’s purpose. We will build on BHP’s strong foundations to deliver attractive value and returns for shareholders and other stakeholders.”

“We will accelerate delivery of the priorities we have set: safety and sustainability, operational excellence, and more options in future-facing commodities, underpinned by capital discipline, a commitment to social value and continued focus on people and culture.”


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