Johan Van Jaarsveld


Johan was appointed Chief Development Officer at BHP, effective September 2020. In this newly elevated role, Johan is responsible for acquisitions and divestments, securing options in future-facing commodities, ventures and innovation, and strategy. Johan joined BHP in 2016 as Group Portfolio Strategy and Development Officer.

Prior to joining BHP, Johan held executive positions in resources and finance, including at Barrick Gold Corporation, Goldman Sachs, The Blackstone Group and Lehman Brothers. He has more than 20 years’ experience, working across Asia, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Johan holds a PhD in Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy) from the University of Melbourne, a Masters in Finance from the Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.



  • CTO

    Current role

  • Chief Development Officer

    September, 2020