BP executive Jeanne Johns has been selected as the new managing director and CEO of Australian industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer Incitec Pivot (IPL).
Johns will be replacing James Fazzino, whose resignation was announced in February this year.
American-born Johns is a chemical engineer with more than 25 years of experience in international industrial and commodity businesses, including petrochemicals and oil and gas.
During her time at BP, she held a number of leadership roles in the United States, Europe and China including president, BP North America Natural Gas Liquids in the US and head of safety and operational risk, BP Downstream, in the United Kingdom.
Johns is currently a non-executive member of Tate & Lyle and Parsons Corporation, which she will retire from in the coming months.
IPL chairman Paul Brasher thanked Fazzino for leading the company welcomed Jeanne’s new appointment.
“Jeanne brings to the role her broad experience in the chemicals and energy sectors. She is a truly global executive, having worked, and led teams, in many different countries,” he said.
“Jeanne has also had extensive customer facing experience, in particular during her time as president of BP’s $12 billion multi-national Natural Gas Liquids business. Her global experience has provided a deep understanding of the strategic and operational issues facing companies in cyclical and commodity based businesses.”
Brasher added that some of the key attributes the company sought for the role was someone with significant safety and manufacturing experience.
“Jeanne’s global experience, leadership and customer focus are strongly aligned to our company strategy and we look forward to her joining IPL,” he said.
Johns said, “I am honoured to be joining IPL, an exemplary Australian company that has grown into a global diversified industrial chemicals business.”
Johns will relocate to Australia and commence her new role in mid-November this year.