BHP Billiton’s head of geoscience Laura Tyler will take charge of the Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine, confirming her status as a rising star within the executive ranks of the global miner.
Ms Tyler, who has also been chief of staff to BHP’s chief executive Andrew Mackenzie, will replace Jacqui McGill as asset president of the famous South Australian mine.
Ms McGill, who has been one of the faces of the company through its “Think Big” television campaign, will leave BHP in the wake of the change.
Ms McGill took over at Olympic Dam in 2015 having served as asset president at BHP’s Queensland coal joint venture with Mitsui. Her career also included stints at the Ranger uranium mine, the Beverley uranium mine and Victoria’s Stawell Gold Mine.
Raised in Britain, Ms Tyler has expertise in underground mining, having worked at the Cannington base metals mine that is now owned by South32, and the Ekati diamond mine in Canada, which is now owned by Dominion Diamond Mines.
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