In a statement to the market this morning Cooper said Binns' appointment, to a casual vacancy on the board, would still need to be confirmed by shareholders later in the year, but would begin acting in her new position from March.
Binns is the former vice president of Minerals Marketing at BHP. She led a team responsible for revenue generation exceeding US$40 billion per annum.
She was the first vice president of Market Analysis and Economics as well as the first BHP Global Inclusion and Diversity Council member, which prompted BHP to aspire to an equal gender balance by 2025.
Prior to joining BHP, Binns sat on the board and held several management roles at Merrill Lynch Australia for over a decade.
"Binns brings direct experience in the broad range of performance criteria now expected of global resource companies," Cooper chairman John Conde said.