Alberto Calderon, Chief Executive Officer
Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling.
Alberto was appointed CEO of Orica in May 2015. He has been a Board member of the company since 2013.
Alberto’s executive experience includes leadership roles across the mining, petroleum, energy and electricity sectors. Prior to joining the Orica Board, Alberto was an executive with the world’s leading diversified mining company, BHP Billiton. During his time with BHP Billiton, Alberto held a number of key leadership positions, including Group Executive and Chief Executive Aluminium, Nickel and Corporate Development (2011 – 2013), Group Executive and Chief Commercial Officer (2007 – 2011, with responsibility for acquisitions and divestments, marketing, supply and information management) and President Diamonds and Specialty Products (2006 – 2007).
Alberto was also Chief Executive Officer at Cerrejón Coal Company, an integrated thermal coal mine in his home country of Colombia (2002 – 2006), and at the Colombian oil company, Ecopetrol (1999 – 2002).
Prior to this, Alberto held senior leadership positions in the International Monetary Fund and the Colombian government, and has been a Board member of a range of private, public and non-government organisations.
He holds a PhD in Economics, a Master of Philosophy in Economics and a Master of Economics from Yale University, a Juris Doctor in Law and Bachelor of Economics from Andes University in Colombia.
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