The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA has appointed Edgar Basto as its acting president following the departure of Woodside executive and CME president Jeroen Buren.
He has held a number of roles at BHP, and has worked in mining industry roles across Columbia, Peru and Chile.
Mr Buren left his position at Woodside two weeks ago, rendering him ineligible to sit on the executive council.
A new president will be instated at the CME executive council meeting in December.
“Edgar has had an extensive career in the global resources industry, holding key managerial and operational roles locally and internationally,” Mr Everingham said.
“Jeroen brought great knowledge and expertise to the role, having worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years.
“On behalf of CME and all our members, I thank Jeroen sincerely for his leadership, guidance and contribution to the Western Australian resources sector over the past 18 months.”