South32 Chief Executive Officer, Graham Kerr, has announced the appointment of Vanessa Torres to the position of Chief Technology Officer at South32.
Torres joins South32 from BHP, where she has worked for more than 10 years in strategy and operations, most recently in the role of Vice President, Operational Infrastructure at BHP Iron Ore. Prior to BHP, Torres worked at Vale where she held technology and senior leadership roles in business development and projects. Torres has more than 25 years’ experience working within the mining and metals sector in a range of operational, project and corporate roles in Brazil, Canada and Australia.
Throughout her career, Torres has been at the forefront of technological improvements in mining and minerals processing and is a recognised leader and early adopter of technological advancements that enabled significant value creation. Torres is a champion of inclusion and diversity and has been recognised as one of the 10 most inspirational women in mining on a global platform.
South32 Chief Executive Officer, Graham Kerr said: “We see technology as a key enabler in driving safety and production improvements at our operations, and Vanessa’s knowledge and operational experience position her well to lead us into this next phase of performance improvement.”
Torres’ start date is to be confirmed.