BHP shuffles iron ore roles

BHP has named a new iron ore president ahead of its upcoming joint venture with Rio Tinto.

BHP Billiton has named long time company insider Chris Campbell as new head of its iron ore business.

Campbell replaces current iron ore president Ian Ashby, who will head up the BHP’s proposed $116 billion iron ore joint venture with Rio Tinto

The role will see Campbell responsible for the marketing of BHP’s portion of the joint venture, as well as taking charge of the company’ iron ore interests outside of the Pilbara, including in Brazil and West Africa.

“Campbell’s appointment is expected to become effective as Ashby’s workload in the joint venture increases, which is expected to occur progressively over the coming months,” BHP said in a statement.

Campbell has been with BHP for more than 20 years, with previous roles including overseeing the integration of the former WMC Resources into the BHP fold.

BHP chief executive ferrous and coal Marcus Randolph said Campbell’s extensive history with the company will be a great asset in his new position.

“Chris’ previous roles across marketing and operational areas of the industry and his deep history within the group will be invaluable in his new position leading the iron ore business,” he said.

“I am delighted to have Chris on the team and believe that this structure will give additional focus to our non-Western Australia iron ore assets.”

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