Date: 16 October 2001
Number: 20/01


BHP Billiton announced Executive Director Global Markets Ron McNeilly
would retire from the Board at the conclusion of today's BHP Billiton
Limited Annual General Meeting.

Mr McNeilly was appointed to the BHP Board in 1991 and is the Group's
longest serving director. He joined BHP as an 18-year old Commercial
Trainee and, during 40 years of service to the Company, has acted as
the head of Transport, Steel and, more recently, Minerals.

BHP Billiton Chairman Don Argus paid tribute to Mr McNeilly and wished
him well for the future. Mr Argus said: "This is an appropriate time
for me to thank Ron, on behalf of my Board colleagues and all
shareholders, for his service to BHP and, in more recent months,
BHP Billiton.

"Ron acted as the Company's Chief Operating Officer during most of
1998 before Paul Anderson joined us.  This was a particularly
difficult time, made considerably easier by Ron's leadership
throughout that period.  He assumed responsibility for the Minerals
Division in January 1999 and headed that group through to the completion
of the merger."

Mr McNeilly will continue to see through his merger integration
responsibilities and will leave BHP Billiton at the end of this
calendar year. As recently announced, Mr McNeilly will be Deputy
Chairman of BHP Steel Limited when that new Company is publicly
listed next year.

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