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BHP iron ore boss heads to America

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Asset president of BHP’s profitable Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) operations Brandon Craig has been promoted to president of Americas, effective March next year.

Craig held an important role at BHP’s WAIO, a network of four processing hubs and five mining hubs, connected by vast infrastructure. WAIO is focused on the production of iron ore, copper and nickel.

The promotion will put Craig at the helm of BHP’s vast operations across both North and South America, spanning everything from potash to copper.

“Brandon is currently asset president WAIO, and in this role has demonstrated his ability to deliver strong performance across an integrated business of mines, rail and port operations,” BHP chief executive officer Mike Henry said.

The promotion comes as current president of Americas Rag Udd takes a new position as the company’s chief commercial officer.

BHP chief commercial officer Vandita Pant has been appointed chief financial officer. Pant first joined BHP in 2016 and previously served as the company’s group treasurer and head of Europe.

She will replace current chief financial officer David Lamont, who will remain with BHP until February 2025 as a senior executive officer in an advisory and projects capacity.

Chief development officer Johan van Jaarsveld has been appointed to the position of chief technical officer.

“These new appointments ensure that we continue to build organisational capacity, with the right mix of skills, experience and perspectives to deliver BHP’s strategy and pursue our growth agenda,” Henry said.

“Our operating environment is increasingly complex, but also rich in opportunity for companies that are best able to positively engage stakeholders, deploy capital to the right opportunities in a disciplined way and deliver safe, reliable operational performance.”

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