Marius Kloppers will retire as CEO and a director of the company on May 10, 2013. Andrew Mackenzie, BHP Billiton's cheif executive non-ferrous, will succeed Kloppers and join the Board of Directors on that date. Kloppers will retire from the group on October 1, 2013.
Kloppers has spent nearly 20 years at BHP Billiton, twelve as a senior executive and nearly six as CEO.
Mackenzie has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals. He joined BHP Billiton in November 2008 after holding senior positions at BP and Rio Tinto. He holds a BS in geology and a PhD in chemistry.