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Mr Edgar Basto Appointed as President Minerals Australia of BHP

Mining News - Published on Mon, 25 May 2020

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BHP Chief Executive Officer Mr Mike Henry announced the appointment of Mr Edgar Basto as President Minerals Australia, effective 1 July 2020. Mr Basto will be part of BHP’s Executive Leadership Team and responsible for BHP’s iron ore and nickel operations in Western Australia, metallurgical and energy coal in Queensland and New South Wales, and copper in South Australia. Mr Basto has been the Acting President Operations Minerals Australia since Mr Henry was announced as CEO in November 2019. From 2016 to 2019, Mr Basto was Asset President Western Australia Iron Ore.

Mr Basto has held senior leadership roles across a range of commodities including iron ore, copper, coal and nickel, and has deep technical capability in both mining and smelting operations. Originally from Colombia, Mr Basto has a Bachelor of Applied Science Metallurgical Engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander. He joined BHP in 1989, and held senior operational roles in Colombia and Peru. Mr Basto moved to Melbourne in 2006 as BHP’s global head of health, safety and environment. From 2009 to 2015, he was based in Chile as BHP’s Chief Operating Officer Base Metals and then Asset President Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, a role he held for five of those years. Mr Basto has been based in Perth since 2016, and was President of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia for two years between 2018 and 2020.

BHP’s Australian minerals business has a workforce of more than 40,000 people, annual EBITDA of approximately USD 16 billion, and last financial year contributed nearly USD 30 billion to the Australian economy.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 25 May 2020
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