Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2015.
Committee membership: Corporate Responsibility (Chairman), Audit, Nomination and Remuneration.
Key skills and competencies: Nelson has considerable executive management experience in a variety of senior leadership roles within major international companies, with a particular focus on Brazil.
Current external appointments: Non-executive director of Cosan Limited and an advisor to Appian Capital Advisory LLP and HSB Solomon Associates LLP.
Previous experience: Nelson was formerly an executive director of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. and President of the Aluminium business unit at BHP Billiton, based in the UK. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Nelson held a number of senior positions at Vale, including Sales and Marketing Director based in Belgium, Japan and Brazil. Nelson was also Managing Director of Embraer for Europe and Africa, based in France, and Chief Executive Officer of All Logistica in Argentina.
Nelson previously held the position of Senior Vice President of BG Group plc responsible for Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay. He is a former board member of the Brazilian Institute of Oil and Gas, the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Companies and of the Social and Development Council of Brazil’s Presidency. Nelson was formerly a senior consultant to BHP Billiton Brazil and a board member of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra.