BHP Billiton's CEO to Retire in May
Marius Kloppers, BHP Billiton's current Chief Executive and Director, announced yesterday that he will retire on May 10 and that Andrew Mackenzie, the company’s Chief Executive Non-Ferrous, will succeed him.
The announcement, shared by Chairman Jac Nasser, follows the revealing of the Anglo-Australian mining giant’s 58 per cent fall in half-year profit. News of Mackenzie’s appointment reportedly boosted the company’s shares nearly 1 per cent to a 17-month high of AU$39.34.
“Marius was appointed Chief Executive just prior to the global financial crisis. Despite an exceptionally difficult economic environment during his tenure, Marius and his team have delivered for shareholders, significantly outperforming our peers in terms of total shareholder returns,” said Mr Nasser in a media release.
“He drove new investments into next generation opportunities including US onshore gas and liquids and created one of the most valuable companies in the world.”
Mr Mackenzie, whose previous employers include BP and Rio Tinto, joined BHP Billiton in November 2008 and has managed the company’s Non-Ferrous division across four continents.
“In succeeding Marius, Andrew brings a unique combination of deep industry knowledge and global management experience to the CEO role,” said Mr Nasser. "He's a rare executive because he has experience in both the oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals areas of this business. And that fits us perfectly.”
Mr Kloppers, who initially brought Mr Mackenzie to BHP Billiton, spoke highly of his successor.
“I've been very fortunate to lead one of the world's great resource companies. Deciding the right time to retire was never going to be easy,” his media statement said.
"I am very proud of the achievements of our Company and our people. One of the first decisions I made when I became CEO was to bring Andrew into BHP Billiton, and I look forward to working closely with him, the Board and the management team during the transition.”
Mr Mackenzie and his family will relocate to the Group’s headquarters in Melbourne.
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Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.