Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at New Hope, MCA, Bisalloy and Alcoa.

New Hope has farewelled chief executive officer Reinhold Schmidt who resigned effective immediately following a period of personal leave.

The company’s chief financial officer Rob Bishop will stand in as acting CEO.

New Hope chairman Robert Millner acknowledged the efforts of Schmidt over his tenure.

“Mr Schmidt led the company during a challenging period for both the business and the industry, and delivered organisational changes that positioned the business to withstand the downturn in commodity prices experienced early in FY21 and achieve outstanding returns as markets have improved,” Millner said.


The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has appointed Cathryn Tilmouth as the first executive director of the Council’s Northern Territory branch.

MCA chief executive officer Tania Constable said this new position reflected the importance of the minerals sector to northern Australia.

“There are enormous opportunities for mining in the Northern Territory and Ms Tilmouth will be working hard to support industry to create investment, jobs and towards the sustainability of communities,” Constable said.

Tilmouth joins the MCA from oil and gas giant Santos where she was a government and public affairs adviser.


Australia’s only local manufacturer of quenched and tempered steel, Bisalloy, has welcomed Rowan Melrose to the positions of managing director and chief executive officer, starting March 1.

Melrose has gained 30 years of experience working with Rio Tinto, Sandvik, Bradken and more while working in Australia, India, New Zealand, China and southeast Asia.

The new managing director said he was excited to head the development of a respectable product line.

“I am looking forward to taking on the leadership role at Bisalloy and working with the team at Bisalloy to ensure a bright future for the business,” Melrose said.

“The company has an excellent reputation, and our products are already highly regarded across world markets.”


Alcoa Corporation has appointed a new chief commercial officer and a chief strategy officer to its executive team as the company targets a more sustainable future.

Renato Bacchi will take the reins as executive vice president and chief strategy officer from the beginning of February, and will oversee global strategy, corporate and business development, energy, non-operated joint ventures, and the company’s Transformation business.

Kelly Thomas will join Alcoa from mid-February as another executive vice president and chief commercial officer, leading all commercial strategies across Alcoa’s global bauxite, alumina and aluminium markets.

“These two experienced aluminium industry professionals will be important additions to our executive leadership team as we advance our strategic priorities and the work that we’re undertaking in alignment with our vision to reinvent the aluminium industry for a sustainable future,” Alcoa president and chief executive officer Roy Harvey said.

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