BHP has revamped its executive leadership team to develop a portfolio that is fit for the future with opportunities for long-term growth.
Chief Executive Officer Mike Henry announced two new roles, chief technical officer and chief development officer, to support the company’s ambition to become safer, lower cost and more productive.
Laura Tyler, chief geoscientist and asset president, Olympic Dam, will become chief technical officer, effective 1 Sept. 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.
Group Portfolio Strategy and Development Officer Johan van Jaarsveld will transition to chief development officer at the start of September. 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.
BHP also announced that Acting Chief Technology Officer Ragnar Udd will become president minerals Americas, effective 1 Nov. He is replacing Daniel Malchuk, who will be leaving the company at the end of the year.
Additionally, Caroline Cox, group general counsel and company secretary, will move to the role of chief external affairs officer, effective 1 Nov. She will be accountable for the legal, governance, ethics and compliance, assurance, and corporate affairs functions. Geoff Healy, current chief external affairs officer, will leave BHP at the end of year.
Mr Malchuk and Mr Healy will continue in their current roles until 31 Oct. and work closely with Mr Udd and Ms Cox, respectively, to ensure a smooth transition.
As previously announced, Peter Beaven will continue as chief financial officer until 30 Nov. David Lamont will commence in that role on 1 Dec.
Mr 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.”