Minerals Council of Australia appoints new CEO

The Minerals Council of Australia has appointed a new CEO with Brendan Pearson from Peabody Energy to step in to the top job when Mitch Hooke retires from the position in December.

Pearson has been vice president of government relations at Peabody since February 2012 and was deputy chief executive of the MCA from November 2007 until January 2012.

He has also worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including in Washington DC, and for the Australian Financial Review, including as Japan and Korea correspondent based in Tokyo.

In announcing the change, MCA chairman Andrew Michelmore said Pearson has a strong knowledge of the challenges facing the resource sector.

"Brendan brings a rare blend of skills and experience in industry advocacy, government, the media and as a corporate adviser,” Michelmore said.

“As deputy CEO of the MCA, he made an important contribution to key policy advocacy including on carbon pricing and resources taxation.”

Michelmore paid tribute to the contribution of retiring CEO Mitch Hooke who announced plans to step down from the top job in February after leading the organisation for more than ten years.

"Mitch has been an outstanding leader of the MCA for more than a decade. He combined sound policy judgment, innovative thinking and outstanding advocacy skills. He has been an influential player in Australian public policy for nearly 25 years and can be proud of his contribution to a raft of major national economic reforms over that time. He leaves with the industry's gratitude and goodwill."

Pearson will take up the role in the New Year.

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