BHP announces changes to its executive leadership team

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BHP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Henry has announced changes to the company’s leadership team.

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

He reported that BHP is enhancing its strategy, delivering strong operating performance, a portfolio leveraging global megatrends, improved growth options, and a differentiated approach to social value creation for long-term shareholder returns.

Vandita Pant, currently Chief Commercial Officer at BHP, has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective 1 March 2024. With over 20 years of experience in executive banking roles across India, Singapore, Japan, and the UK, Vandita brings strong global financial market, commodity, and business development experience. The current CFO, David Lamont will remain with BHP until February 2025 as a Senior Executive Officer in an advisory and projects capacity.


Rag Udd, currently President Americas, has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer of BHP, effective 1 March 2024. With over 25 years of experience in the global resources industry, Rag has successfully led Jansen Stage 1 and Stage 2 through to sanction, opening up new growth opportunities for BHP in Potash. He has previously held senior roles at Western Australia Iron Ore, BMA, and Technology.

Brandon Craig, currently Asset President of Western Australia Iron Ore, has been appointed President Americas effective 1 March 2024. With over 20 years of experience in Aluminium, Corporate, and Coal leadership roles, Craig has demonstrated strong performance across an integrated business of mines, rail, and port operations.

Johan van Jaarsveld, with over 25 years of experience in resources and finance, has been appointed as Chief Technical Officer at BHP. He will replace Laura Tyler, who will leave on 29 February 2024. Johan has successfully led strategy, acquisitions, and divestments, securing early-stage growth opportunities in future-facing commodities.

“I would like to thank David for his significant contribution to BHP as CFO since he re-joined in December 2020. During his time as CFO, David has enhanced our approach to capital allocation and his breadth of experience was invaluable as BHP navigated a period of portfolio transformation and improving underlying performance,” Henry said.

“I would also like to thank Laura for her commitment and contribution to BHP over almost 20 years. Laura joined BHP in 2004 and has made an outstanding contribution in multiple technical and operational roles across BHP and most recently supporting the growth of technology, innovation, exploration and ongoing continuous improvement at BHP as Chief Technical Officer,” he continued. “I thank David and Laura on behalf of employees across BHP, the executive leadership team, the Board and our shareholders.”