Director

Kristie Keast

Biography

Kristie was recently appointed to the position of GM People, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand & Pacific Islands, and is accountable for leading the HR, Communications, Health and Safety Organisation Development and Business Improvement functions across BlueScope’s largest business, employing 8,000 employees.

Kristie joined BHP in 1994, which subsequently became BlueScope Steel, in 2002. Prior to her recent appointment, Kristie held senior business safety roles in Australia and the US, including managing the corporate health and safety function before moving into an expanded role with responsibility for diversity, talent and succession, learning and development, business performance interventions and governance of the corporate HR systems and processes.

Kristie has over 20 years’ experience, primarily working in OH&S across a range of industries and geographic regions. Her strengths are in change management and leading integration activities in newly acquired businesses and joint ventures, driving cultural change at all levels.

Kristie has a strong focus on diversity and sits on the BlueScope Diversity Council, which is chaired by BlueScope’s Managing Director & CEO and aims to develop and implement strategies to foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce at BlueScope. A program she is most proud of is a twelve month pilot program designed with the Australian Institute of Sport that aims to create more corporate opportunities for female athletes and improve gender diversity in sport and business.

Kristie is active in sharing her experiences, both within BlueScope and in industry, to help advance other women so they can perform to their highest potential and thrive in business.

In May 2016, Kristie won a scholarship to attend a prestigious leadership program (Leading Change in Complex Organisations) at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The scholarship is part of the Chief Executive Women (CEW) Scholars program, which helps Australian women develop their career by

participating in executive education programs at internationally acclaimed business schools.

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