Andrew Stewart Mackenzie

Andrew Stewart Mackenzie (born 20 December 1956)[4][1] FRS[3] is a Scottish businessman, CEO of BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company. He succeeded Marius Kloppers on 10 May 2013.[2][5] In 2014, he was paid $7,123,000 in total compensation.[6]

Andrew Mackenzie
Andrew Stewart Mackenzie

(1956-12-20) 20 December 1956[1]
Alma mater
Known forCEO, BHP Billiton
Spouse(s)Liz Allan[1][2]
Childrentwo daughters[1][2]
AwardsFRS (2014)[3]
Scientific career
ThesisApplications of biological marker compounds to subsurface geological processes (1981)

Early life

Andrew Stewart Mackenzie was born in December 1956,[7] grew up in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and was educated at the University of St Andrews where he graduated with a first class bachelor's degree in Geology in 1977. He went on to study at the University of Bristol where he was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1981.[8]


Mackenzie was a postdoctoral research fellow with the British Geological Society.[2] He was a Humboldt Fellow and worked at the Nuclear Research Centre in Julich, Germany. He published over 50 research papers as a scientist.[2][9][10][11][12][13][14]

In 1983, Mackenzie joined BP's research division. He worked his way to BP Finance, and then as head of capital markets. After 22 years at BP, he left as group vice-president petrochemicals.[2]

In April 2004, Mackenzie joined Rio Tinto as chief executive of the industrial minerals division. In June 2007, he served as the chief executive officer, diamonds & minerals.[2][6]

He served as trustee of a think tank, Demos from 2005 until June 2008.[6]

Mackenzie was poached from Rio Tinto in 2007 by then CEO of BHP Billiton Marius Kloppers, ahead of a failed takeover bid of Rio Tinto.[15] Mackenzie became the chief executive of non-ferrous in BHP Billiton in November 2008. He succeeded Marius Kloppers as the CEO of BHP Billiton in May 2013.[2][6]

Awards and honours

Mackenzie was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. His nomination reads

Personal life

Mackenzie speaks five languages.[2] He met his wife, Liz, whilst they were students at St Andrews.[16]


  1. "MACKENZIE, Andrew Stewart". Who's Who. 2014 (online edition via Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. "Marius Kloppers to Retire, Andrew Mackenzie to Become CEO" (PDF). BHP Billiton. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. "Andrew Mackenzie". London: Royal Society. 2014.
  4. "The International Council On Mining And Metals Limited: Filing History". Companies House. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. "Leadership Team". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. "Andrew Mackenzie BSc (Geology), Ph.D.(Chemistry)". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  7. "BHP Billiton plc". Companies House. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  8. Mackenzie, Andrew Stewart (1981). Applications of biological marker compounds to subsurface geological processes (PhD thesis). University of Bristol.
  9. Andrew Stewart Mackenzie's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  10. England, W. A.; Mackenzie, A. S. (1989). "Some aspects of the organic geochemistry of petroleum fluids". Geologische Rundschau. 78: 291. doi:10.1007/BF01988365.
  11. Quigley, T. M.; Mackenzie, A. S. (1988). "The temperatures of oil and gas formation in the sub-surface". Nature. 333 (6173): 549. doi:10.1038/333549a0.
  12. Mann, D. M.; Mackenzie, A. S. (1990). "Prediction of pore fluid pressures in sedimentary basins". Marine and Petroleum Geology. 7: 55. doi:10.1016/0264-8172(90)90056-M.
  13. Mackenzie, A. S.; Brassell, S. C.; Eglinton, G.; Maxwell, J. R. (1982). "Chemical Fossils: The Geological Fate of Steroids". Science. 217 (4559): 491–504. doi:10.1126/science.217.4559.491. PMID 17820518.
  14. Mackenzie, Andrew Stewart (1984). Applications of Biological Markers in Petroleum Geochemistry. London: Academic Press. ISBN 0120320010.
  16. "Scottish businessman lands top mining job in Australia which will see him earn £6m each year". Daily Record. 25 February 2013.
Business positions
Preceded by
Marius Kloppers
CEO of BHP Billiton
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