BHP has appointed Gary Goldberg, previously Newmont Goldcorp chief executive officer, to its board as a non-executive director, effective February 1 2020.

Goldberg retired from Newmont Goldcorp in October, with Tom Palmer taking over as CEO.

He was Newmont Mining’s president and CEO in 2013 and continued until October 2019, although he remains an advisor to his successor until March 31 2020.

Prior to joining Newmont, Goldberg gained experience at Rio Tinto, US Borax, Coal & Allied Industries and Kennecott Energy in executive roles.

Goldberg has made considerable contributions to the International Council on Mining & Minerals, the World Economic Forum for Mining and Metals Governors and United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.

Globally recognised for his contributions, Goldberg was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame in 2017.

With a wealth of global experience in the mining industry, BHP chairman Ken MacKenzie said the appointment to BHP’s board reflects the company’s commitment to a structured and rigorous approach to board succession planning, including extensive global searches.

“Gary is an excellent addition to our board. His deep mining experience and strong track record working in global executive roles will help ensure we have the right balance of attributes, skills and experience necessary for the board to govern BHP effectively,” MacKenzie said.

Alongside Goldberg’s duties with BHP, the newly appointed board member will also become a member of the Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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