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World's largest miner announces new CEO

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Mike Henry has been tapped by BHP Billiton's board to lead the company.

He will assume the reins from retiring Andrew Mackenzie who leaves the last day of December.

Henry is an internal appointment. He was appointed to his current role of president Operations Minerals Australia in 2016, and has been a member of the executive leadership team since 2011.

"Mr Henry joined BHP in 2003, initially in business development and then in marketing and trading of a range of mineral and petroleum commodities based in The Hague, where he was also accountable for BHP’s ocean freight operations," wrote the company in a news release. "He went on to hold various positions in the Company, including President Coal, President HSE, Marketing and Technology, and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining BHP, Mr Henry worked in the resources industry in Canada, Japan and Australia."

Henry was born in Canada and has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of British Columbia.

Based on market capitalization, BHP Billiton is the world's largest diversified miner.

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