A new direction for the BHP board?

A new appointment will add depth to the oil and gas expertise of the BHP Billiton board. But it may also presage a far broader shake-up of the 14 mainly non-executive directors of the mining giant.

It passed almost without notice but a new appointment to the BHP Billiton board could presage a significant shake-up in the boardroom of the world’s biggest resource house.

Earlier this week, BHP chairman Jac Nasser announced that Malcolm Brinded, a former director and long-time executive of Royal Dutch Shell, had been appointed as an independent non-executive director of BHP.

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