Brian Gilbertson –Chairman; Non-Executive Director
Member of Remuneration and Nomination Committee
Mr Gilbertson was appointed as a Director of the Company on 22 June 2010.
Mr Gilbertson has extensive experience in the global natural resources industry. He was Managing Director of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited in the 1980’s, a period during which the company gained recognition as the world’s foremost producer of platinum. In the 1990’s, as Executive Chairman of Gencor Limited, he led the restructuring of the South African mining industry into the post-Apartheid era, transforming Gencor Limited into a focused mineral and mining group. During this period he held ultimate responsibility for Impala Platinum Holdings, for Samancor Limited (the world’s largest producer of manganese and chrome ore and alloys) and for Trans-Natal Coal Corporation (a major coal producer and exporter). Important new initiatives included the Hillside and Mozal aluminium smelters, the Columbus stainless steel plant, and the purchase of the international mining assets (Billiton plc) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group.
In 1997, Gencor Limited restructured its non-precious metals interests as Billiton plc. With Mr Gilbertson as Executive Chairman, Billiton plc raised US$1.5 billion in an initial public offering on the LSE, taking the company into the FTSE 100. Separately, Mr Gilbertson worked to merge the gold operations of Gencor and Gold Fields of South Africa, creating Gold Fields Limited, a leader in the world gold mining industry. He served as its first Chairman until October 1998. In 2001, Billiton plc merged with BHP Limited to create what is widely regarded as the world’s premier resources company, BHP Billiton plc. Mr Gilbertson was appointed its second Chief Executive on 1 July 2002.
In late 2003, Mr Gilbertson led mining group Vedanta Resources plc (Vedanta) to the first primary listing of an Indian company on the London Stock Exchange in the second largest IPO of the year (US$876 million). He served as Chairman of Vedanta until July 2004.
He was appointed President of Sibirsko-Uralskaya Aluminium Company (SUAL), the smaller aluminium producer in Russia and led that company into the US$30 billion merger with RUSAL and the alumina assets of Glencore International A.G., creating the largest aluminium company in the world.
Mr Gilbertson established Pallinghurst Advisors LLP and Pallinghurst (Cayman) GP L.P. during 2006 and 2007 respectively, to develop opportunities on behalf of a group of natural resource investors (now known as "The Pallinghurst Group").
Mr Gilbertson is the non-executive chairman of The Pallinghurst Group, and is a director of various companies in its control.
Mr Gilbertson is a British and South African citizen. He has not been a Director of any other ASX listed company in the past three years.