Cudmore will report directly to Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive officer, and will replace Karen Wood, the acting head of corporate affairs since mid-2013, the company announced Wednesday.
Cudmore was most recently the international corporate brand communications and Asia Pacific government relations lead of Exxon Mobil. Since joining the company in 2001, he has served various senior public and government affairs roles.
The Melbourne, Australia-based oil and energy firm said that Wood will continue to serve as a member of the BHP Billiton GMC.
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