BHP Billiton today has appointed Tony Cudmore as president, corporate affairs. Cudmore will join the Group Management Committee (GMC) and commence in his role on March 3, 2014. He will report to the CEO Andrew Mackenzie and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.
He joins BHP Billiton from Exxon Mobil Corp. where he most recently led International Corporate Brand Communications and Asia Pacific Government Relations. He joined ExxonMobil in 2001 and has held various senior public and government affairs roles.
He has been based in Melbourne since November 2012 with global management accountability for ExxonMobil’s corporate reputation advertising and brand communications for markets outside the United States.
Cudmore assumes direct responsibility for BHP Billiton Corporate Affairs from Karen Wood, who has been the acting head of Corporate Affairs since mid-2013 and led the search for the new function head. She will remain a member of the GMC and will continue her work on a range of corporate and Board issues with Andrew Mackenzie, including GMC development and succession planning and executive remuneration. She will also retain accountability for the company’s office in London.