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Senior management appointments at BHP Billiton

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BHP Billiton has announced several management appointments designed to broaden the experience of a number of its senior executives. This is a continuation of the talent development program announced in December 2005.

Bob Kirkby, currently President of Carbon Steel Materials has announced he plans to retire from BHP Billiton on 31 December 2006. Until his retirement, Bob will serve as Executive President.

He will retain responsibility for the Energy Coal business and continue to have oversight of the corporate functions of Group Supply and Project Development Services as well as responsibility for country offices in Brazil, India and Mongolia. Bob will continue as a member of the Office of the Chief Executive (“OCE”) and Chairman of the Executive Committee until his retirement.

Chris Lynch, currently Chief Financial Officer, will be appointed Group President of Carbon Steel Materials which includes the Iron Ore, Metallurgical Coal and Manganese businesses. Chris will continue as an Executive Director and as a member of the OCE. Chris’ experience with key processes for project approval, performance management and financial oversight, as well as his previous operating experience, will fit well with the requirements of this critical part of BHP Billiton.

Alex Vanselow, currently President Aluminium will replace Chris as Chief Financial Officer and will join the OCE. Alex has an extensive knowledge of BHP Billiton and its businesses. Alex’s familiarity with the company and its financial process combined with his operating experience provides an outstanding opportunity to further align the corporate objectives with the activities of the CSGs. Alex will be based in Melbourne.

Graeme Hunt, currently President Iron Ore will replace Alex as President Aluminium. Graeme’s success in developing and managing the delivery of the significant growth pipeline within BHP’s iron ore business provides an excellent background for his new role. Graeme will be based in London.

Commenting on Bob Kirkby’s retirement, Chip Goodyear, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Bob has had a long and distinguished career at BHP Billiton. He has had leadership roles across many of our businesses and his experience has been integral to our success. During 2006, Bob will assist in the on-going transformation of Energy Coal, continue to develop several of our functions and regional offices, and will ensure the smooth transition of his responsibilities in Carbon Steel Materials.”

All appointments will be effective 1 April 2006.

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