BHP Chairman Ken MacKenzie has announced the appointment of Dion Weisler and Xiaoqun Clever to the company’s board as independent non-executive directors. Mr Weisler’s appointment is effective 1 June 2020, and Ms Clever’s appointment is effective 1 October 2020.
Mr Weisler has extensive global executive experience, including in chief executive officer and operational roles. He served as the president and chief executive officer of HP Inc. from 2015 to 2019. Prior to this, Mr Weisler held senior executive roles at HP Co., Lenovo Group, Telstra Corp. and Acer Inc. In his executive roles with HP Co. and Lenovo Group, he was responsible for various operations in Asia-Pacific and globally. He has served as a director on the boards of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. since 2017, and HP Inc. since 2015.
Ms Clever has more than 20 years’ global experience in technology with a focus on software engineering, data and analytics, cyber security and digitalisation. She held various roles with SAP SE from 1997 to 2013, including chief operating officer of technology and innovation, senior vice president of design and new applications, and executive vice president and president of labs in China. Since 2014, Ms Clever has held senior roles at Ringier AG and ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE as chief technology officer. She currently serves on the board of Capgemini SE and Infineon Technologies AG.
Mr MacKenzie said both appointments would be excellent additions to the BHP board.
“We are delighted that Dion and Xiaoqun are joining the BHP board. Dion will bring to the board his operations, transformation and commercial experience in the global information technology sector, a focus on capital discipline, as well as perspectives on current and emerging ESG issues. Xiaoqun has extensive global experience in the technology sector, including in China, which will enable her to make significant contributions in relation to the execution of BHP’s strategy and risk management,” he said.
“The appointments of Dion and Xiaoqun are the result of our rigorous and structured board renewal process which continuously assesses the attributes, skills, experience, diversity and tenure necessary for the board to govern BHP effectively over the long-term,” Mr MacKenzie concluded.