Andrew Stewart Mackenzie

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Andrew Mackenzie
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Andrew Stewart Mackenzie

(1956-12-20) 20 December 1956 (age 62)[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)

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]

Early life[edit]

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 became the chief executive of non-ferrous in BHP Billiton in November 2008. He succeeded Marius Kloppers as the CEO of BHP Billiton on 10 May 2013.[2][6]

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.[2] He met his wife, Liz, whilst they were students at St Andrews.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Marius Kloppers to Retire, Andrew Mackenzie to Become CEO" (PDF). BHP Billiton. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b c d "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.
  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