Vanessa Torres

Chief Technical Officer, South32

Vanessa Torres was appointed South32’s Chief Technical Officer in July 2020. She is responsible for innovation and technology, projects, technical stewardship and global business services.

Vanessa Torres joined South32 as Chief Technology Officer in August 2018, with overall accountability for technology, innovation and improvement, leading a multidisciplinary team deployment across all operations and functions within South32’s global footprint. Prior to joining South32, Vanessa held various senior roles within BHP and Vale.

Vanessa has over 25 years’ experience spanning across three continents in operations, strategy, projects, business development and acquisitions within the resource industry.

She is recognised by awards such as the “100 Women of Influence” (Australian Financial Review, 2012), 2017 Exceptional Australian Woman in Resources (WIRNA),  2013 and 2015 “Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM-UK).

Vanessa is also a Board Member of Foodbank WA, as well as co-founder and main financial supporter of Projeto Colmeia – a NGO in Brazil that provides development activities for over 100 students per year, over the last 15 years.