1 April 2009 - BHPB's Dean Dalla Valle to chair AUA

BHP Billiton uranium chief appointed to lead the industry’s advocacy organisation

Mr Dean Dalla Valle, Chief Operating Officer of BHP Billiton’s newly-created Uranium Australia business unit, has been appointed Chairman of the Australian Uranium Association (AUA).

Mr Dalla Valle fills a vacancy left by the departure of Graeme Hunt earlier this year from his roles at both BHP Billiton and the AUA.

Mr Dalla Valle is a 32-year BHP Billiton veteran with extensive experience in the uranium sector. Previously, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Olympic Dam and has been with the copper/uranium mine 560 kms north of Adelaide since the acquisition of WMC in June 2005.

Executive Director of the AUA, Mr Michael Angwin, warmly welcomed Mr Dalla Valle as Chairman.

“Dean has vast knowledge and experience of the resources industry in general and of uranium in particular.
“I look forward to working closely with Dean as we continue to develop our programs in indigenous economic development, product stewardship and best practice industry standards,” Mr Angwin said.

The Australian Uranium Association represents the interests only of uranium industry participants. With 31 Member companies, the AUA encompasses all Australia’s uranium exporters and the majority of explorers.
The AUA conducts research on policy, economic and energy-related technical matters.

“Under Dean’s leadership we will continue to advocate that our industry should be allowed to compete on its merits,” Mr Angwin said.

Mr Dalla Valle has oversight of all BHP Billiton’s uranium projects in Australia, including the large Yeelirrie deposit now being developed in Western Australia.