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Marius Jacques Kloppers


Marius Kloppers is a South African businessman, current interim CEO of BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company. He is also Executive Director and Chairman of the Group Management Committee. He has decided to retire as CEO on 10 May 2013 and retire from BHP Billiton on 1 October 2013.


Kloppers, Marius J. was born on August 26, 1962 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University Pretoria, South Africa. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Master of Business Administration, European Institute of Business Administration (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires).


Engineer Mintek; consultant McKinsey Inc. General manager Hillside Aluminum Alusaf. Chief Executive Officer Samancor Manganese.

CMO BHP Billiton, since 2001, chief commercial officer, 2003—2006, Chief Executive Officer non-ferrous, group president non-ferrous material business, 2006. Vice president marketing, CMO BHP Billiton Ltd., 2001, chief commercial officer, 2003, group president, 2003, executive director, since 2006, Chief Executive Officer, since 2007. Group executive BHP Billiton PLC, CMO, 2001—2006, chief commercial officer, 2003—2006, Chief Executive Officer, since 2007.

With South African Army.


  • Marius played a central role in the merger of BHP and Billiton, and held the positions of Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Commercial Officer before being appointed Group President, Non-Ferrous Materials and an Eexecutive Director of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc in January 2006.

    In 2007 Marius became Chief Executive at BHP Billiton at the age of 44


Married; 3 children.

Carin - Australian