NSW explosives manufacturer hires internationally renowned CEO

Australian explosives and chemicals manufacturer Incitec Pivot (IPL) has appointed a replacement to succeed departing CEO and managing director James Fazzino.

American-born Jeanne Johns, a chemical engineer with more than 25 years experience in international industrial and commodity businesses, will take up the position on November 15.

During her career with British Petroleum (BP), Johns held numerous leadership roles in the US, Europe and China, managing multinational businesses and international strategic business development.

“I am honoured to be joining IPL, an exemplary Australian company that has grown into a global diversified industrial chemicals business,” Johns said. “I am impressed by both the absolute commitment to safety as well as the proven track record of adding value through business excellence.

“My other passions are in developing people and creating great teams to focus on satisfying our customer needs and delivering excellent business results. I look forward to building upon a proud legacy and creating an exciting future with the people of IPL.”

Johns, who is currently a non-executive director for the US engineering company Parsons Corporation, has a vast experience in running manufacturing operations.

She is uniquely qualified to lead both personal and process-safety initiatives given her previous leadership role as head of safety and operational risk for BP Downstream, to which she was appointed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

She also has had extensive customer-facing experience, in particular during her time as president of BP’s $12 billion, multi-national Natural Gas Liquids business.

“Jeanne brings to the role her broad experience in the chemicals and energy sectors,” said Paul brasher, IPL chairman. “She is a truly global executive, having worked and led teams in many different countries.

“Her global experience has provided a deep understanding of the strategic and operational issues facing companies in cyclical and commodity-based businesses.”