International – The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday announced the appointment of Tom Butler as its new president and CEO, effective July 13, 2015, succeeding Anthony Hodge, who is stepping down after seven years.

Butler brings a wealth of private and public sector experience in extractives, and a deep commitment to sustainable development and responsible practice in the mining and metals industry.

Former ICMM president Anthony Hodge
Former ICMM president Anthony Hodge

Since 2011, Butler has been global head of mining at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where he oversaw the financing by IFC of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries. He has been involved with projects in over 25 countries, all designed to promote human wellbeing and high environmental performance in accordance with IFC’s performance standards.

“Tom Butler brings innovative thinking and practical experience that will take ICMM to the next level at a crucial time for the mining and metals industry,” said Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American who, as chairperson of the ICMM Council of CEOs, led the global search for a new president.

“Tom recognises the challenge of building further trust and respect for the mining and metals industry and will be a strong proponent of the values that ICMM represents,” says Cutifani.

Before joining IFC as an investment officer in 1997, Butler was a project manager at the French company Technip, delivering engineering and technology services to the offshore oil and gas industry, a wireline engineer with the offshore services division of Schlumberger, and an officer with the British Army.

Butler, who is a British citizen, holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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