Andrew McKenzie

Jean-Sébastien Jacques
Jean-Sébastien Jacques
September 25, 2016
Balisi Bonyongo
September 22, 2016

Andrew McKenzie

  • Company: BHP Billiton
  • Year of birth: 1956
  • Last known country of residence: Australia

Andrew Mackenzie is one of the most significant applied earth scientists in the world, and known as being a top earth scientist working commercially. He has over 30 years’ experience in petrochemicals and minerals, oil and gas. Early in his career he made ground-breaking contributions to the field of geochemistry. McKenzie particularly focused on the formation of oil. He conducted postdoctoral research as a fellow of the British Geological Survey. In Julich, Germany, Mackenzie worked at the Nuclear Research Centre in the capacity of fellow of Humboldt through a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. More than 50 scientific research papers were compiled and published by Mackenzie through the years. Throughout his career Mackenzie has held managerial roles in some of the biggest companies in the mining and energy industries. His input in these companies has resulted in substantial business and technical innovations. In 2014 Andrew Mackenzie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge – the oldest learned society in the field of science.


Andrew Stewart Mackenzie was born on 20 December 1956 in Kirkintilloch, Scotland. He enrolled at the University of St Andrews and graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. He achieved his degree first class. Mackenzie continued his studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom where he graduated in 1981 with a PhD in Organic Chemistry. From here on he focused on his career and also on his research interests.

Previous places of work/roles held:

Head of capital markets

– BP; VP of petrochemicals

– BP; chief executive of industrial minerals

– Rio Tinto; CEO of diamonds and minerals

– Rio Tinto; trustee

– Demos; chief executive of non-ferrous

– BHP Billiton; CEO

– BHP Billiton; non-executive director

- Centrica PLC.


Andrew Mackenzie joined British Petroleum in 1983 where he worked as part of the finance team before heading up the capital markets division. He worked for the company for 22 years and his final position was that of vice president of the petrochemicals division. He started working at the international mining corporation Rio Tinto in 2004 as chief executive of the industrial minerals department. In 2007 he was promoted to the role of chief executive officer in charge of diamonds and minerals. Between 2005 and 2008 Mackenzie served as a trustee of Demos, a London-based think tank that specialises in policy development in the areas of health, education, skills and housing. In 2007 he joined BHP Billiton, an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, petroleum and metals company – also known as the world’s largest mining company. His first role with BHP was as chief executive of the non-ferrous division. In 2013 he succeeded Marius Kloppers as chief executive officer of BHP Billiton.

Personal life

Andrew Mackenzie met his wife Liz Allan while they were both studying at St Andrews. The couple have two daughters. Mackenzie speaks five languages.