Date    7 February 2001
Number  12/01


BHP Limited (BHP) today announced the appointment of Greg Robinson to the
position of BHP Petroleum Chief Financial Officer, effective 15 February

Mr Robinson will report to the President BHP Petroleum, Philip Aiken.

Mr Aiken said Greg's experience in finance and resources roles will add great
value and depth to the Petroleum leadership team.

"In addition to serving on the BHP Petroleum Portfolio Leadership Team, Greg
will oversee the Petroleum finance, strategic planning, trading and marketing,
forecasting and budgets, accounting, and economic evaluation teams," he said.

"Greg will also work closely with BHP Chief Financial Officer Chip Goodyear
as part of the Corporate Finance leadership team."

Mr Robinson was most recently employed with Merrill Lynch as Director
Investment Banking Group with shared responsibility for the firm's mining and
resources advisory activities. He has an honours degree in Geology from
Monash University and an MBA from Columbia University in the United States.

The six member BHP Petroleum Portfolio Leadership Team now comprises:

: President BHP Petroleum: Philip Aiken
: President Integrated Business Development: Mike Weill
: President Deepwater, Discovery & Appraisal: to be appointed
: President Project Development & Operations: Keith Hunter
: BHP Petroleum Chief Financial Officer: Greg Robinson
: BHP Chief Financial Officer: Chip Goodyear

The final appointment to the BHP Petroleum Portfolio Leadership Team is
expected to be made in the near future.

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