BHP CEO flies under radar for mine visit
HE'S chief executive officer of one of the world's biggest mining companies, but not even his own people seem to know exactly where he is.
BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers yesterday touched down somewhere in the Central Queensland coal fields.
A series of anonymous tip-offs to the Mercury placed Mr Kloppers at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance's Caval Ridge mine yesterday, and he is expected to visit the company's Broadmeadow mine today.
Isaac Mayor Cr Anne Baker said she had been told Mr Kloppers would be travelling in the council area, but she knew little about his trip.
"I'm aware he's in the community," Cr Baker said.
"Where and when though I don't know."
Yesterday, a BHP Billiton spokeswoman said: "While we do not confirm the travel arrangements of our executives, it is normal for them to travel to various parts of our business, including our operations, from time to time."
It's not the first time Mr Kloppers has managed to avoid those wishing to speak to him.
In March this year, a group of Central Queensland coalmining families travelled to BHP's Melbourne headquarters and requested an interview with Mr Kloppers.
The group was renewing an offer to pay the airfare for the chief executive to visit the Bowen Basin and see for himself the negative effects of the mining boom on their communities.
Denise Robertson was one of the Moranbah residents who travelled to Melbourne.
She said she was extremely disappointed Mr Kloppers hadn't made the effort to meet with the families who had made the effort to visit him.
"I'm disappointed we weren't informed prior to him coming so we could at least meet with him to discuss the issues that I took to him in Melbourne.
"Those issues haven't been addressed."
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has also criticised Mr Kloppers' decision not to meet with coalmining families and said it questioned "a boss who actively snubs mining families helping to make his company's record profits".
- Occupation: BHP Billiton CEO
- Age: 49
- Salary: Earned an estimated $AU6.4 million last year as CEO of BHP Billiton