Andrew Stewart Mackenzie

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Andrew Mackenzie
Dr Andrew Mackenzie FRS.jpg
Born Andrew Stewart Mackenzie
(1956-12-20) 20 December 1956 (age 60)[1]
Fields Petroleum
Alma mater
Thesis Applications of biological marker compounds to subsurface geological processes (1981)
Known for CEO, BHP Billiton
Notable awards FRS (2014)[2]
Spouse Liz Allan[1][3]
Children two daughters[1][3]

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

Early life[edit]

Andrew Stewart Mackenzie was born in December 1956,[6] 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.[7]


Mackenzie was a postdoctoral research fellow with the British Geological Survey.[8] He was a Humboldt Fellow and worked at the Nuclear Research Centre in Julich, Germany. He published over 50 research papers as a scientist.[3][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.[3]

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.[3][5]

He served as trustee of a think tank, Demos from 2005 until June 2008.[5]

Mackenzie became the chief executive of non ferrous in BHP Billiton in November 2007. He succeeded Marius Kloppers as the CEO of BHP Billiton on 10 May 2013.[3][5]

Awards and honours[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Mackenzie speaks five languages.[3] He met his wife, Liz, whilst they were students at St Andrews.[15]


  1. ^ a b c MACKENZIE, Andrew Stewart. Who's Who. 2014 (online edition via Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Anon (2014). "Dr Andrew Mackenzie FRS Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton Ltd". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-11-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "MARIUS KLOPPERS TO RETIRE, ANDREW MACKENZIE TO BECOME CEO" (PDF). BHP Billiton. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "BHP Billiton web site". 
  5. ^ a b c d "Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "BHP Billiton plc". Companies House. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Mackenzie, Andrew Stewart (1981). Applications of biological marker compounds to subsurface geological processes (PhD thesis). University of Bristol. 
  8. ^ "Andrew Mackenzie". European CEO. 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  9. ^ Andrew Stewart Mackenzie's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (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. PMID 17820518. doi:10.1126/science.217.4559.491. 
  14. ^ Mackenzie, Andrew Stewart (1984). Applications of Biological Markers in Petroleum Goechemistry. London: Academic Press. ISBN 0120320010. 
  15. ^ "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