Marius Kloppers to Retire, Andrew Mackenzie to Become CEO
The Board of BHP Billiton today announced that Marius Kloppers will retire as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company on 10 May 2013 and that Andrew Mackenzie, will succeed him and join the Board on that date. Marius will retire from the Group on 1 October 2013.
Andrew, 56, is BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Non-Ferrous. He has over thirty years experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals. He joined BHP Billiton in November 2008. Andrew has a doctorate in Chemistry and a first-class degree in Geology.
In making the announcement BHP Billiton Chairman Jac Nasser acknowledged the outstanding contribution Marius Kloppers has made to the growth of BHP Billiton:
“Marius was appointed Chief Executive just prior to the global financial crisis. Despite an exceptionally difficult economic environment during his tenure, Marius and his team have delivered for shareholders, significantly outperforming our peers in terms of total shareholder returns. He drove new investments into next generation opportunities including US onshore gas and liquids and created one of the most valuable companies in the world.
“He leaves BHP Billiton a safer and stronger company.
“In succeeding Marius, Andrew brings a unique combination of deep industry knowledge and global management experience to the CEO role. Andrew held senior positions in BP and Rio Tinto before joining BHP Billiton in 2008. He has led our Non-Ferrous division for the last five years working across four continents with responsibility for over half of our 100,000 people.
“Our succession planning process has served the company well for over a decade. Today’s announcement is a result of that planned and considered process.
“The Board has decided that Andrew is the right person to lead BHP Billiton in a changing global environment,” said Mr. Nasser.
Andrew said he was honoured by the appointment.
“When Marius offered me the chance to join BHP Billiton I jumped at the opportunity.
“It is a privilege to be asked to lead one of Australia’s great companies and the world’s leading diversified natural resources company. I look forward to working closely with Marius during the transition and building on his legacy including continuing the focus on our strategy of owning and safely operating large, low cost, long life assets diversified by commodity, geography and market.
“I am grateful that the Board’s succession process will allow me, together with Marius, to spend the next two months meeting with and listening to our people, our shareholders, and the many other stakeholders that contribute to our Company’s success.”
Mr. Kloppers said his decision to retire was difficult.
“I’ve been very fortunate to lead one of the world’s great resource companies. Deciding the right time to retire was never going to be easy.
“However after almost twenty years with BHP Billiton, twelve as a senior executive and nearly six as CEO, I believe now is the right time to pass the leadership baton.
"I am very proud of the achievements of our Company and our people. One of the first decisions I made when I became CEO was to bring Andrew into BHP Billiton, and I look forward to working closely with him, the Board and the management team during the transition,” Mr. Kloppers said.
Andrew will be based at the Group’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. He and his wife Liz will move to Melbourne in the coming months.
BHP Billiton also today reported results for the half year ended 31 December 2012 including Underlying EBIT of US$9.8 billion and Attributable profit excluding exceptional items of US$5.7 billion and an interim dividend of 57 US cents per share (see separate press release dated 20 February 2013 for further details).
Details of Andrew’s employment contract, including the remuneration arrangements, will be announced before he commences in the role. Leaving arrangements for Marius are governed by the terms approved by shareholders and will be announced at the date of his retirement as CEO.
Biographical details of Andrew are attached.
Further information on BHP Billiton can be found at: www.bhpbilliton.com.
BSc (Geology) PhD (Chemistry)
As Chief Executive of BHP Billiton Non-Ferrous, Andrew is responsible for overseeing a large portion of the Company’s portfolio including Escondida in Chile, the world’s largest single source of copper. Andrew manages over 50,000 people across four continents.
During his 30-year career in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals, Andrew has held a variety of senior leadership roles. During his 22 years at BP he held positions including: Head of Capital Markets; Head of Government and Public Affairs worldwide; Chief Technology Officer; Chief Reservoir Engineer with oversight of oil and gas reserves and production and Group Vice President Petrochemicals. From 2004 until Marius Kloppers invited him to join BHP Billiton in November 2007 Andrew was Chief Executive of Industrial Minerals Division for Rio Tinto and Chief Executive of Diamonds and Minerals. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the Chairman of the Board of trustees of the think tank Demos. He has served as a director on the board of the top 30 FTSE100 energy company Centrica Plc. since 2005, serving on its Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees.
Andrew grew up in the industrial town of Kirkintilloch near Glasgow. He lived through the decline of the coal mines nearby and the Miners’ Welfare in the town donated the science prizes he won at school.
Andrew began his career as a geologist and organic geochemist. His PhD on steroidal molecular maturity parameters won Best Paper of 1980 and had important implications for oil and gas exploration. Its findings are still in routine use by academics and oil explorers today.
As a scientist, he published over 50 research papers and was a research fellow with the British Geological Society and as a Humboldt Fellow, he worked at the Nuclear Research Centre in Julich, Germany. In 1986 he received the President’s Award from the Geological Society and in 2002 the Aberconway Medal by the Geological Society.
His citation for the Aberconway Medal read “he has made extraordinary and long-lasting contributions to our understanding of petroleum generation, migration and entrapment” and “his work has become ‘part of the furniture’, enshrined in mathematical models used everywhere to predict the likely location, composition and sizes of hydrocarbon accumulations”.
In 1983 Andrew joined BP’s research arm, introducing and refining many of the techniques he had created within a commercial environment. Putting theory into practice, he was a key member of the teams that discovered oil and gas fields in Norway and Indonesia that are still producing today. Fast-tracked to BP Finance, Andrew wrote the algorithmic software that allowed BP to manage its interest-rate exposure better than its competitors, then as Head of Capital Markets helped restore BP’s balance sheet by restructuring its debt book, making asset disposals and a share repurchase programme.
During his 22-year career with BP, Andrew also ran research at BP Chemicals and was Chief Reservoir Engineer where he pioneered extraction techniques in the North Sea, which significantly improved extraction rates and are standard practice today. As Chief Technology Officer, he founded the renowned BP Institute in Cambridge as well as institutes in Princeton, Berkeley and Caltech, whose research to this day contributes to BP’s ability to attract world-class talent.
His final role with BP was in the USA as Group Vice President Petrochemicals where he oversaw the merger with Amoco’s chemical businesses and returned the combined plastics and solvents business to profitability.
Andrew moved to Rio Tinto in 2004 as Chief Executive of Industrial Minerals Division. He built a $5 billion greenfield-site Titanium mine in Madagascar and merged the borates, talc and salt businesses.
In 2007, Marius Kloppers persuaded Andrew to join BHP Billiton as Chief Executive of Non Ferrous.
Andrew has been a non-executive Director of Centrica since 2005 and has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees. He has also chaired Demos, one of the UK’s most influential think-tanks.
In his career Andrew has lived in six countries on four continents. He speaks five languages. He has been married to Liz for 35 years and they have two daughters.
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