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Edgar Basto

Edgar Basto

Chief Operating Officer, BHP

Edgar was appointed Chief Operating Officer from October 2022, a newly created role which oversees BHP’s global operational capability including establishing enduring capability and performance through the BHP Operating System, as well as being responsible for the Group’s health, safety and environment and all operational inorganic growth.   
Edgar has extensive experience in the resources industry, with a long career spanning multiple commodities in Australia, Colombia, Chile and Peru. Most recently, he was the President for Minerals Australia, responsible for BHP’s iron ore and nickel operations in Western Australia, metallurgical and energy coal in Queensland and New South Wales, and copper in South Australia. Edgar has held numerous other key leadership roles since joining BHP in 1989, including Vice President Global Health, Safety, Environment and Communities (HSEC), Asset President Escondida, and Asset President Western Australia Iron Ore.  
Edgar holds a Bachelor of Science (Metallurgy) from the Industrial University of Santander and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Edith Cowan University and Curtin University.