ICMM appoints climate change expert Rohitesh Dhawan as new chief executive

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) announced yesterday that Rohitesh Dhawan, former managing director of geopolitical research firm Eurasia Group, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the peak industry body.

ICMM described Dhawan as a ‘sustainability specialist with significant experience in the resources sector’. Dhawan sits on an expert panel on climate change for the British government’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions programme, and his past roles include global head of sustainability for the mining sector at consultancy KPMG.

The appointment of a leader with Dhawan’s credentials depicts an increasing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues from leading organisations within the global mining sector.

“I am excited to be joining ICMM in arguably the most important decade for the industry,” Dhawan said. “The foundations of a net zero emissions economy are being laid now, and minerals are critical to it.”

Dhawan will replace ICMM’s current CEO Tom Butler, who has been in the role since July 2015 and will officially step down on April 6.

London-based ICMM, whose members include 27 mining and metals companies and represent about 30% of the global metals market, represented the industry in multilateral negotiations over global mine waste dam standards, publishing a new global standard for the sector last August.