BHP Billiton has announced changes to its senior executive team, with Alex Vanselow, Group Executive and Chief Financial Officer, retiring from his position as of the end of February, 2012.


Mr Vaneslow will be replaced by Graham Kerr, who was recently the President of Diamonds and Specialty Products.


Mike Henry, President of Marketing, will join the Group Management Committee as Group Executive and Chief Marketing Officer, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Marius Klopper.


Mr Vanselow, who has decided to pursue personal business interests, joined the Company in 1989 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2006.


BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer, Marius Kloppers, said both the Board and the entire executive team extended their thanks to Mr Vanselow and acknowledged his significant contribution.


“Alex has served the Company with distinction over many years and in particular during his time as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and as a key member of my management team. We will miss his wise counsel, but we understand his decision to pursue other interests and wish him well. He will be an honoured member of BHP Billiton’s alumni.”


Mr Kerr joined what was then BHP in 1994. He served in a wide range of finance and treasury roles before departing BHP Billiton at the end of 2004 for a brief stint in another resources company. He rejoined BHP Billiton in 2006, and until recently was President of the Diamonds and Speciality Products Customer Sector Group based in Vancouver, Canada.


BHP Billiton’s President of Marketing, Mike Henry, will join the enlarged Group Management Committee as Group Executive and Chief Marketing Officer, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He will continue to be based in Singapore.