Chief Executive Officer

Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Graham Kerr has been our Chief Executive Officer since October 2014 and is responsible for running all parts of our business. He led South32 through the Demerger from BHP in 2015 and its public listing in three countries and has overseen the development and implementation of our strategy.


Graham is passionate about health, safety and sustainability, with a strong track record in global resource development. He joined BHP in 1994 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2011. Previously, he was President of Diamonds and Specialty Products and worked in a wide range of operational and commercial roles across BHP.


As President of Diamonds and Specialty Products, Graham was accountable for the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada, the Richards Bay Minerals Joint Venture in South Africa, diamonds exploration in Angola, the Corridor Sands Project in Mozambique and the development of BHP’s potash portfolio in Canada. Prior to that he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer Stainless Steel Materials, Vice President Finance Diamonds and Finance Director for the Canadian Diamonds Company, all for BHP. In 2004 Graham left BHP for a two-year period when he was General Manager Commercial for Iluka Resources Ltd.


Graham holds a Business degree from Edith Cowan University and studied at Deakin University to become a Certified Practicing Accountant.