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New Pilbara Development Commission chairperson to drive economic diversification

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced another key appointment as Brendan Hammond takes the helm of the Pilbara Development Commission board.

Mr Hammond has senior leadership experience across a number of industries, including energy and the mining sector. He has delivered substantial revenue growth and profitability to underperforming organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

After more than 22 years with Rio Tinto in a number of senior roles, Mr Hammond was appointed as managing director of Argyle Diamonds, where he demonstrated that profitability and social and environmental performance can go together. He has also led the boards of Horizon Power and the Dampier Port Authority.

Mr Hammond is the owner of Seymour Associates, which provides leadership and governance support to industry, government boards and chief executive officers. He is also a partner of New York-based digital strategy consultancy, Centric Digital, and was Adjunct Professor of Sustainability with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.

He was awarded the Governor’s Award for Regional Development at the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards in 2011.

The appointment replaces retiring chairperson Chris Gilmour.

MacTiernan said “Brendan has an extraordinary track record in the private and public sectors as well as deep engagement with the Pilbara and with indigenous economic development.

“He brings intelligence, drive and energy to all his work – I am confident he will provide tremendous leadership to strengthen the Pilbara in this time of transition.

“I thank the efforts of retiring chairperson Chris Gilmour, who has provided significant leadership over the last three years and who can be proud of the commission’s achievements during his term.”

Source: Government of Western Australia.