Curtin University has awarded Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer of BHP Billiton, an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his great contribution in the field of geochemistry and for strategic leadership in the resources industry.
According to the press release by Curtin University, Dr Mackenzie received his Honorary Doctorate of Science at a ceremony for the Faculty of Science and Engineering graduates at Curtin’s Bentley Campus.
“Andrew brings an exceptional research background to his role as CEO of BHP Billiton, and has been able to translate his depth of discipline knowledge into effective and strategic leadership. This is a rare combination of talents. He made seminal contributions to geochemistry in his early career, especially in relation to the formation of oil, and many scientists including Curtin researchers, have utilized his PhD findings in their own research endeavours,” said Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.
Dr Mackenzie has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bristol. In 1983 he joined BP’s research division where he spent 22 years and left the company as Vice President Petrochemicals. In 2004 he joined Rio Tinto as Chief Executive of Industrial Minerals Division.
He joined BHP Billiton in 2008 and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2013.
“Dr Mackenzie also founded the BP Institute at Cambridge University, an institute revered as an inspiration for how academia and industry can interact,” Professor Terry added.
In May 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.