BHP Billiton today announced that its Iron Ore President, Ian Ashby, would be leaving
BHP Billiton on 1 July 2012, after more than 25 years with the Company. Mr Ashby will be
succeeded by Jimmy Wilson, currently
BHP Billiton Energy Coal President.
BHP Billiton Group Executive and Chief Executive Ferrous and Coal, Marcus Randolph, said:
???Jimmy is a very
experienced business leader who
has more than 20 years???
experience with the
Group. He will build on
Ian???s successful leadership to continue to grow the Iron Ore business, while ensuring it continues to operate to
world class standards. Jimmy???s background includes
successful roles as President of the Energy Coal
and Stainless Steel Materials business groups and he
brings deep operating and
project experience to his new role in Iron Ore. I know that he and his family
are looking forward to returning to Perth.
???I would also
like to thank Ian for his tremendous contribution to
BHP Billiton during his
25 years with the Group.
Under his leadership Iron
Ore has become our largest and most profitable
business. Ian will leave Iron Ore in excellent shape and
with a bright future. His wisdom and experience will be missed, and we wish him
all the best.???
To allow a smooth
transition, Mr Wilson will join
the Iron Ore team immediately.
Energy Coal CFO, Andre Liebenberg, will assume the role of Acting President, Energy Coal. A separate announcement around a final decision on the Energy Coal President role will be made in due course.