Jacques A. Nasser is a business leader who presently serves as Chairman of the Board of BHP Billiton. Mr. Nasser was named Chairman in March 2010 after serving as a Director of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc since 2006. BHP Billiton is a global leader in the resources industry. Mr. Nasser is also a Non-Executive advisory partner of One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase, a Board Director for NewsCorp’s British Sky Broadcasting Ltd, and a member of the International Advisory Council of Allianz AG.
Following a 33 year career with Ford in various leadership positions in Australia, Asia, South America, Europe and the US, Mr. Nasser served as a member of the Board of Directors and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company from 1998 to 2001. His career included assignments as Vice President of Autolatina, a joint venture between Ford and Volkswagen in South America, Head of Ford’s operations in Australia and Chairman of Ford of Europe. He was promoted to Vice President of Ford Motor Company in 1993 and Group Vice President of Global Product Development. In 1996 he headed up Ford’s Global Automotive business. Nasser became President and CEO of Ford total operations in 1998.
In recognition of his contribution to Australian industry, as an Advisor to Government, and for education in the areas of technology, Nasser was awarded an Order of Australia and a Centenary Medal. Nasser was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Nasser also received the Order of the Cedar from Lebanon. Born in Amyoun, Lebanon in 1947, Nasser moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia, at the age of four. Mr. Nasser is the son of independent businessman Abdo Nasser and the father of four children.
Mr. Nasser funds several education-focused programs that financially assist individual students. These include the Jacques Nasser Scholarship in Entrepreneurship at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia); the Jacques Nasser Scholarship for MBA students at The American University of Beirut; the Jacques Nasser Scholarship at the INSEAD School of Business; and he also supports Focus Hope, a Detroit based Training Center.