New boss for Aus­tralia’s big­gest company

Mercury (Hobart) - - BUSINESS - JOHN DAGGE

BHP has cho­sen a new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Mike Henry, the head of the min­ing gi­ant’s Aus­tralian oper­a­tions, will take over the top job at the na­tion’s big­gest company at the start of next year.

An­drew Macken­zie will stand down from the chief po­si­tion on De­cem­ber 31 af­ter more than six years in the job.

BHP chair Ken MacKen­zie said Mr Henry had the “per­fect mix” of on-the-ground op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and a proven management track record. Mr Henry said he was honoured to lead the Big Aus­tralian.

“For more than 130 years, through the in­ge­nu­ity and com­mit­ment of its peo­ple, BHP has de­liv­ered share­holder value while suc­cess­fully adapt­ing its port­fo­lio, oper­a­tions and prod­ucts,” he said.

“To­day we are even safer, more pre­dictable and more fo­cused.”

Mr Henry was born in Canada and speaks Ja­panese.

BHPs departing chief, Mr Macken­zie, coached the min­ing gi­ant back into form af­ter the ex­cesses of the min­ing boom. The Scots­man spun off un­wanted as­sets into a new min­ing ve­hi­cle, South32, sold out of a dis­as­trous foray into the US shale oil and gas sec­tor, and over­saw BHP’s re­sponse to the deadly dam dis­as­ter in Brazil that killed 19 peo­ple.

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