Sponsored through Leeds University by British Steel Corporation he obtained an honours degree in metallurgy before being appointed to various metallurgical development and commissioning roles in the UK. He joined New Zealand Steel in 1987 where he held a variety of Executive and managerial roles across the mining, iron making, and steel businesses playing an important role in the development of that organisation. Prior to joining Indo Mines, Mr Hacon was the inaugural Vice President, Mining and Co-Products, New Zealand Steel. In this role he grew the minerals business through relationships with groups in China, Japan, Europe, USA to be a significant contributor
to the company and developed future growth opportunities. Mr Hacon was appointed a Director of Indo Mines on 2 August 2010.